Murray looking good as he makes Brisbane final after Nishikori retires from semi
08:12 GMT, 5 January 2013
12:43 GMT, 5 January 2013
Top seed Andy Murray advanced to the final of the Brisbane International as his Japanese opponent Kei Nishikori was forced to withdraw in the second set of their last-four clash.
Nishikori started the semi-final strongly against the world No 3 but was 6-4, 2-0 when he threw in the towel because of a knee problem.
Murray, who beat the 23-year-old in the quarter-finals of last season's Australian Open, was a break down in the first set but won five games in a row seal it against his fifth-seeded opponent.
Looking good: Andy Murray was on course for victory before Kei Nishikori retired from the match
That's it: Murray shakes hands with Nishikori after he retired from their men's singles semi-final match
Nishikori took a medical timeout at the end of the set, but took the court for the start of the second.
Murray broke in the first game, however, and backed it up by holding his service game, at which point Nishikori decided enough was enough.
In the final Murray will face Grigor Dimitrov, who beat Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus 6-3, 5-7, 7-6, (7/5).
Murray was off court in 45 minutes, the Bulgarian, ranked 48th in the
world, was pushed to the limit in a little under two and a half hours of
tennis against Baghdatis.
Feeling the pain: Nishikori receives treatment before retiring injured
Staying strong: Murray is looking good ahead of the Australian Open
'I've served pretty well for the majority of the tournament and I've moved better every single match,' Murray told reporters.
'Grigor plays with a lot of variety and he can play a lot of shots. He's one of the few guys coming through with a single-handed backhand as well, so he uses a lot more slice.'
Murray admitted, however, that he was wary of Dimitrov after he beat former Australian Open finalist Marcos Baghdatis 6-3 5-7 7-6 (7/5) to reach the final.
All smiles: Murray was off court within 45 minutes of his game starting
The 21-year-old represents a breed of
young players beginning to make their mark and has already accounted
for fellow rising star Milos Raonic and Jurgen Melzer this week.
'From my point of view I hope there
isn't a few coming through because then it means I'll be one of the ones
losing out on my spot,' Murray said.
'I have no idea whether he'll be nervous tomorrow or he'll enjoy the occasion. We'll find out.
'Everyone deals with certain situations differently.'