Murray escapes to victory, Ferrer retires
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[February 28, 2014]
(Reuters) - Andy Murray rallied from
a set and a break down against Gilles Simon to advance to his first
semi-final since he won last year's Wimbledon title while top seed David
Ferrer retired with a thigh strain at the Acapulco International on
Second seed Murray twice fell behind in the second set but
recovered both breaks immediately to eke out a 1-6 7-6 (7-4) 6-2
victory and stretch a winning streak against his French opponent to
"In all the matches so far this week, I have not started very well,"
the world number seven told reporters, conceding he did not know
what was to blame for his tardy openings.
"I lost my first service game in every match and that has not helped
because my opponents have gained confidence and played very good
"It's not easy starting every match from behind. I managed to turn
the game at the end of the second set, started to play a little bit
better. I was making sure I was not making so many unforced errors,"
the Scot added.
"I found a way to win the match even though I was feeling I was not
playing my best tennis. I'm glad that I managed to do that.
"Maybe I just try and warm-up better, maybe practice a little bit
closer to the matches."
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Murray's semi-finals opponent will be Grigor Dimitrov, who needed
two hours and 40 minutes to battle past Ernests Gulbis 4-6 7-6 (7-2)
7-5 in the final quarter-final match of the day on Cancha Central.
An injury to his left abductor muscle denied Ferrer a chance of
registering a fifth straight final appearance.
The three-time champion won the first set 6-2 but was 4-2 down in
the second when he retired against South African fifth seed Kevin
Anderson, who moves on to face Ukraine's Alexandr Dolgopolov in the
(Reporting by Amlan Chakraborty; Editing by John O'Brien)
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