Murray into Miami semis

Miami, FL ( – Two-time champion Andy Murray needed three
sets on Wednesday to reach the semifinals at the $5.3 million Miami Open, the
second consecutive ATP Masters 1000 event.

The third-seeded British star snuck past talented 21-year-old Austrian young
gun Dominic Thiem 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 in 1 hour, 44 minutes at Crandon Park.

The Australian Open runner-up Murray, who trains three months out of the
year in Miami, titled here in 2009 and 2013 and was the runner-up in 2012.

Up next for the athletic Scot will be eighth-seeded Czech slugger Tomas
Berdych or gritty Argentine Juan Monaco. The former Wimbledon runner-up
Berdych was a Miami finalist in 2010.

Two more quarterfinals will be staged on Thursday when world No. 1 Novak
Djokovic takes on sixth-seeded David Ferrer and fourth-seeded U.S. Open
runner-up Kei Nishikori battles 22nd-seeded American John Isner.

The four-time champion Djokovic beat Rafael Nadal in last year’s marquee Miami

The former French Open runner-up Ferrer reached the Miami final two years ago,
losing to Murray.

This weekend’s champ will earn $900,400.