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Last Updated: Thursday, 3 January 2008, 17:02 GMT
Impressive Murray beats Johansson
Andy Murray in action in Doha
Murray's serve was in excellent working order in Doha
Andy Murray secured a Qatar Open semi-final with top seed Nikolay Davydenko on Friday after overcoming Thomas Johansson 7-6 (7-4) 6-0 in Doha.

Johansson, now 32 and world-ranked 62, tested Murray in an absorbing first set which went with serve to a tie-break, which the Scot won with an ace.

A cross-court pass saw Murray break in the first game of the second set and he closed it out in just 20 minutes.

"I was more aggressive in the second set, and also more confident," he said.

"When Johansson served I was aggressive in my returns. After that early break, I had the momentum and I saw his head go down.

"He served really well in the opening set. Obviously, he won a high percentage of points on his first serve. I expected it to be tough and it was that way."

The 61-minute victory showcased the best of Murray's impressive all-round game.

He mixed up lobs and volleys and his variety, along with his electric ground speed, complemented his excellent service beautifully.


The third seed sent down a series of aces and rarely looked troubled during his service games.

However, Johansson ensured the Scot had to work hard in the first set, holding serve throughout to take the set to a tie-break.

Murray took the early initiative when he broke Johansson's serve at the very start of the tie-break and he sealed the first set with a thumping ace down the middle.

The 20-year-old immediately turned on the style as he began to completely outclass his Swedish opponent, including winning the fourth game against serve to love.

And he wrapped up victory with the shot of the match - a booming cross-court forehand to set up an enthralling semi-final against Davydenko on Friday.

The number one seed beat Russian compatriot Dimitry Tursunov 7-5 6-3.

Earlier, defending champion Ivan Ljubicic made hard work of beating Philipp Kohlschreiber.

The Croat had to take the match to a third set but eventually won 6-3 6-7 6-3 to seal his place in the last four.



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