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Murray battles through to semis

Andy Murray during an earlier match (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

Andy Murray is on course to win his fifth title of the year, after beating Janko Tipsarevic to reach the semi-finals of the St Petersburg Open.

Murray had lost two of his last three matches against Tipsarevic, and had to work hard for his 7-6 (7/5) 7-5 win.

He now faces Fernando Verdasco for his place in Sunday's final.

The British number one has landed the Masters Series titles in Cincinnati and Madrid this summer, and also won in Doha and Marseille earlier in the year.