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Andy Murray fights back to book semi-final spot in Miami

By Tom Allnutt

Andy Murray battled back from a set down last night to reach the semi-finals of the Miami Open with a 3-6 6-4 6-1 win over Dominic Thiem.

The third seed lost the opening set to Austria's world number 36 Thiem, but hit back for a hard-earned success.

The 28-year-old Scot, champion in 2009 and 2013, will face Czech Tomas Berdych or Argentina's Juan Monaco in the last four.

"I was confident on my returns," said Murray.

"It's a fine line between going for winners and trying to finish points.

"At match point I think he was feeling the pressure. You have to know when to go for your shots and when to back off."

Murray had racked up his 500th career victory in the previous round when he defeated South Africa's Kevin Anderson.

Serena Williams won the 700th match of her career as she booked her place in the semi-finals with victory over Germany's Sabine Lisicki.

Meanwhile, Amy Rothwell is on course to pick up her second piece of silverware in the space of three weeks after breezing into the semi-final of the Under 16 girls singles event at the Brookfield Junior Open yesterday.

The Bangor player collected a winner's medal last month as Sullivan Upper's hockey team lifted the Belfast Telegraph Senior Cup.

Yesterday she switched sports to book her place in the last four of the Dublin tennis tournament with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Alison O'Dea.

Rothwell, who is seeded one, will now meet fourth ranked Caomhe O'Reilly in today's semi-final as Ulster players aim to clinch a hat-trick of trophies.

Rachel McCrum (David Lloyd) also progressed to the last four of the U-12 event with a convincing 6-1, 6-0 win over Orla O'Toole yesterday while Windsor's Lydia Kelly made it into the semi-final of the U-18 singles on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, torrential rain delayed proceedings at the Lisburn Junior Open at Hilden with play switched from the outdoor courts into the club's indoor dome.

Hawarden youngster Dylan Leeman made a successful start to his U-14 singles title bid as he defeated Alexandros Steriopoulos 6-2, 7-5.

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