Murray takes chances to reach Brisbane semis

January 05, 2013 - 12:47:45 am

BRISBANE, Australia: Defending champion Andy Murray moved into the semi-finals of the Brisbane International yesterday when he downed a tenacious Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan 6-4, 7-6 (7/3).

Murray, back on court after playing the late match on Thursday night, took his chances against Istomin on a few key points, edging out the world number 43 in two tight sets in just over an hour and a half.

The Scot broke Istomin once in the first set -- his only break point of the match -- then came from 1-3 down in the tie-break to win the next six points and take the match.

By contrast, Istomin had two break points on Murray’s serve but was unable to convert either.

Murray, who had a tough three-setter against Australia’s John Millman in the previous round, was happy with his form this early in the season.afp