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Andy Murray through to semis after edging out cup compatriot

By Phil Casey

World number two Andy Murray praised compatriot Kyle Edmund after defeating his Davis Cup team-mate 7-6 (11/9) 6-2 in the quarter-finals of the China Open.

Murray edged a tight first set in a tie-break and trailed 2-0 early in the second, but reeled off six games in a row to set up a semi-final clash with Spain's David Ferrer, who beat Alexander Zverev in three sets.

"I know how good he (Edmund) is and the power that he has on the court," Murray said.

"I knew it was going to be a hard match today. He'd come though qualifying here and had a good win in the last round.

"He's playing really well and will be up at the top of the game soon."

Meanwhile, British number one Johanna Konta advanced to the China Open semi-finals after fighting back in remarkable fashion from 4-0 down in the first set to clinch victory over home favourite Zhang Shuai.

Konta (25), the world number 14, bounced back emphatically from her slow start, winning the next 12 games in a row for a 6-4 6-0 triumph.

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