Andy Murray took another step towards securing a World Tour finals berth when he fought off a typically dogged David Ferrer to win 6-4, 7-5 and move into the final of the Valencia Open on Saturday. A wild card at the Spanish indoor hardcourt event, which he won in 2009, 10th-ranked Murray is eighth in the race to secure a berth at the season-ending tournament in London.
The Scot will play the winner of Saturday’s second semi-final between unseeded pair Tommy Robredo of Spain and Frenchman Jeremy Chardy in Sunday’s showpiece.
Top-seeded Spaniard Ferrer, who was chasing a fourth Valencia trophy after triumphs in 2008, 2010 and 2012, remains well placed to make the Tour finals and will look to secure his spot by collecting points at next week’s Paris Masters. He has been on a late-season charge and won the Vienna title last week when he came from a set down to beat world number five Ferrer in the final.
Federer defeats Karlovic
Top-seeded Roger Federer beat big-serving Ivo Karlovic 7-6 (8), 3-6, 6-3 Saturday to reach a ninth consecutive Swiss Indoors final and his 11th overall in his hometown of Basel. Federer, who is looking for his sixth Swiss Indoors title after finishing runner-up in the past two editions, will meet David Goffin after the Belgian kept up his remarkable form by defeating teenage wild card Borna Coric 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.
He racked up three match points in his final service game but needed just one, winning with a backhand volley at the net to please the partisan crowd. Karlovic hit 33 aces but it was not enough to secure what would have been just his second victory over Federer in 12 meetings. (AP)