Tennis-Djokovic and Murray reach World Tour semi-finals
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World number one Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray reached the last four at the ATP World Tour Finals on Friday after slicing through the various permutations of their round-robin group with matching wins at the O2 Arena.
A day that began with all four Group A players in contention for the top two spots ended without the need for calculators as Djokovic beat Czech Tomas Berdych 6-2 7-6 and Murray later overcame Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga by the same score.
Djokovic finished the group stage with an unblemished record to top the standings although the make-up of the semi-finals will not be known until Group B concludes on Saturday.
Swiss world number two Roger Federer is already assured of reaching the last four and will top the group and set up a clash with Murray if he beats Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro.
Djokovic's victory eliminated Berdych who was left to rue three squandered set points in the second set tiebreak.
It also meant Murray only had to win a set against Tsonga in the evening to progress, a fact his coach Ivan Lendl inadvertently gave away before the match although the Scot was still not quite sure of all the mathematics.
As it was he rattled through the first set in 33 minutes.
I didn't know exactly what I needed to do, Murray told reporters. I asked the umpire at the change of ends after the first set whether I was through. He said I was. That was it.
Djokovic, whose thoughts have been with his father who has been suffering with a serious illness, dominated the first set with precision hitting and then showed his mettle to fend off a Berdych fightback in front of another sell-out crowd.
I didn't want to think about scenarios or calculations, I'll leave that to other people, said the 25-year-old, who is looking to win the season-ending showpiece for the second time having won it in Shanghai in 2008.
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