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Murray and Djokovic are edging closer to final meeting in Rome

By Staff Reporter

Published 14/05/2016

Andy Murray is through to the semi-finals of the Rome Masters
Andy Murray is through to the semi-finals of the Rome Masters

Andy Murray remains on course for a successful start to the post-Amelie Mauresmo era after beating Belgium's David Goffin 6-1 7-5 to reach the semi-finals of the Rome Masters.

It was a repeat meeting of the Davis Cup from last year, which Murray won to seal the trophy for Great Britain, and even though the Scot this time finished the job in two sets he was made to work very hard.

Goffin produced a good comeback in the second set and briefly threatened to take the match to a decider, but Murray was able to hold on and book a meeting with France's Lucas Pouille.

Murray said: "The conditions are extremely difficult. The wind is swirling and changing direction in between points.

"Also there's no clay on the court either."

Meanwhile, Novak Djokovic beat seven-time champion Rafael Nadal 7-5 7-6 (7/4) in a thrilling encounter to reach the semi-finals.

World number one Djokovic hit back in style from a break down in both sets to secure a seventh straight success against Nadal.

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