Thiem flies past Murray into China Open semis, Tsitsipas to face Zverev
Dominic Thiem is into the China Open semi-finals after beating Andy Murray in the Brit’s first last-eight singles clash of the year.
Andy Murray’s hopes of making the China Open his first singles title since career-saving hip surgery are over after the Brit was swept aside 6-2 7-6 (7-3) in the quarter-finals by top seed Dominic Thiem.
Murray was featuring in his first last-eight match on the singles circuit this year and held his own for periods, but early breaks in both sets proved vital for Thiem.
The 26-year-old world number five broke Murray’s serve in the very first game and generally looked untroubled when claiming the first set 6-2.
Thiem struck on his opponent’s serve in the first game of the second set as well, but Murray showed spirit to fight back, breaking Thiem to level at 5-5.
Well would ya look at that 👀
The top 4️⃣ seeds are the last 4️⃣ standing at the @ChinaOpen 💥
Who's reaching the final in Beijing? pic.twitter.com/sqJ6WsTnEj
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