By Jake Davies
- Andy Murray  defeats Kyle Edmund 7-6 (9) 6-2
- Murray sets up a semi-final against David Ferrer of Spain
BEIJING, CHINA – Andy Murray made sure that Kyle Edmund still knew who was boss after being tested in the first set, earning a semi-final clash with David Ferrer at the China Open.
Andy Murray  defeats Kyle Edmund [Q] 7-6 (9) 6-2
Murray survived a serious test in the first set against rising star Edmund, but eventually prevailed in straight sets in what was a promising performance from the 21-year-old.
The first set really could have gone to either player. Edmund impressed the Beijing crowd with the level of physicality he was able to present on the match court, and hung with the World No.2 for great periods of the match. Edmund, who will now break the Top 50 courtesy of this week’s progress, delivered forehand blow after forehand blow and led 5-2 in the first set tiebreak.
Murray clawed his way back into the tiebreak, saved a set point before he put pressure on Edmund’s weaker wing – the backhand. Two backhand errors in succession was enough for Murray to take the set on his fifth set point.
Edmund responded well in the second set. He rallied into a break lead, but Murray made sure he did not lose sight of Edmund by quickly snuffing out the break deficit. The additional experience that Murray has gathered over the years played a massive part in the closing stages as he claimed six games in a row and beat Edmund in straight sets.
The importance of a straight sets win cannot be understated, especially with David Ferrer waiting in the wings in tomorrow’s semi-final showdown. Murray will need all the energy he can get when he faces one of the hardest workhorses on the tour.
Andy Murray  vs David Ferrer  H2H: Murray leads 13-6
The tenacious, hardworking Ferrer will be no stranger for Murray in the important rounds of a big event. This will be Murray’s 20th meeting against the Spaniard and Murray has won 13 of their previous 19 matches, including the last six in a row. Most of Ferrer’s wins over the Brit has occurred on red clay, which Murray has had a love-hate relationship over the years before his vast improvement inside the last two years on that surface.
Murray has 11 wins and just 2 losses on a hard court against Ferrer and will be the favourite to reach the Beijing final when these two face each other on Saturday. One of the main reasons why Murray boasts a great record against Ferrer is mainly because of their similarities. Over the years, Ferrer uses his superior physicality and fitness to get the better of inferior opponents, while Murray matches Ferrer in that particular standoff.
Murray is in the form of his career, whereas Ferrer has fallen victim to a lot of unexpected, early losses this year on tour. Murray should come out on top on a fast hard court in Beijing.
Prediction: Murray in 3 sets.
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