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Australian Open 2013: Janko Tipsarevic retired from match with Nicolas Almagro

Agony for Tipsarevic as he is forced to retire as Almagro goes on to face Ferrer

By
Steven Donaldson

PUBLISHED:

07:24 GMT, 20 January 2013

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UPDATED:

07:24 GMT, 20 January 2013

Eighth-seeded Janko Tipsarevic retired from his fourth-round match at the Australian Open with an injured left foot while trailing Nicolas Almagro 6-2, 5-1.

The 10th-seeded Almagro advanced to a quarter-final against fellow Spaniard David Ferrer, who beat Japan's Kei Nishikori in straight sets.

Tipsarevic said he injured the foot while changing directions during a rally late in the seventh game of the first set, and could barely walk on it afterward.

In a bad way: Janko Tipsarevic receives treatment

In a bad way: Janko Tipsarevic receives treatment

Into the next round: Spain's Nicolas Almagro is into the quaqrter finals after Tipsarevic retired

Into the next round: Spain's Nicolas Almagro is into the quaqrter finals after Tipsarevic retired

Almagro said: 'That's not the way you want to win. But that's sport.

'Sometimes you can't do your best and you need to stop. I think he made the best decision.'

Almagro, seeded No 10, has lost all 12 of his previous matches with Ferrer but is hoping to buck that trend and reach his first grand slam semi-final.

Going forward: Almagro will meet David Ferrer

Going forward: Almagro will meet David Ferrer

In control: Almagro was ahead in the match when it was stopped

In control: Almagro was ahead in the match when it was stopped

'It will be a good fight. I know him and he knows me,' he said.

'It is a big opportunity for me to be in a semi-final. I'm ready to fight. I'm healthy and happy with my tennis.

'I think I'm playing really well and we'll see what will happen on Tuesday.'

Australian Open 2013: Latest results

Australian Open 2013: All the latest results from Melbourne Park

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07:24 GMT, 14 January 2013

Keep track of all the latest results from the Australian Open with our complete guide to the singles.

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Tim Smyczek (USA) bt Ivo Karlovic (Cro) 6-4 7-6 (7-5) 7-5

Somdev Devvarman (Ind) bt Bjorn Phau (Ger) 6-3 6-2 6-3

Tobias Kamke (Ger) bt Flavio Cipolla (Ita) 6-1 6-4 6-1

(22) Fernando Verdasco (Spa) bt David Goffin (Bel) 6-3 3-6 4-6 6-3 6-4

(1) Novak Djokovic (Ser) bt Paul-Henri Mathieu (Fra) 6-2 6-4 7-5

Ryan Harrison (USA) bt Santiago Giraldo (Col) 2-6 6-4 7-5 6-4

Edouard Roger-Vasselin (Fra) bt Ruben Bemelmans (Bel) 6-3 6-7 (5-7) 2-6 7-5 11-9

(5) Tomas Berdych (Cze) bt Michael Russell (USA) 6-3 7-5 6-3

(26) Jurgen Melzer (Aut) bt Mikhail Kukushkin (Kaz) 6-1 6-1 6-2

Evgeny Donskoy (Rus) bt Adrian Ungur (Rom) 6-4 6-4 6-2

Daniel Gimeno-Traver (Spa) bt Lukasz Kubot (Pol) 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 6-0 4-6 6-4

Carlos Berlocq (Arg) bt Maxime Authom (Bel) 1-6 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (7-4) 6-2

(10) Nicolas Almagro (Spa) bt Steve Johnson (USA) 7-5 6-7 (4-7) 6-2 6-7 (6-8) 6-2

(15) Stanislas Wawrinka (Swi) bt Cedrik-Marcel Stebe (Ger) 6-2 6-4 6-3

(16) Kei Nishikori (Jpn) bt Victor Hanescu (Rom) 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 6-1 6-3

Guillaume Rufin (Fra) bt Julian Reister (Ger) 4-6 7-6 (7-4) 6-1 6-2

(32) Julien Benneteau (Fra) bt Grigor Dimitrov (Bul) 6-4 6-2 6-4

Xavier Malisse (Bel) bt Pablo Andujar (Spa) 6-3 6-1 6-2

Jie Zheng (Chn) bt Yuxuan Zhang (Chn) 6-1 3-6 6-4

(15) Dominika Cibulkova (Svk) bt Ashleigh Barty (Aus) 3-6 6-0 6-1

(11) Marion Bartoli (Fra) bt Anabel Medina Garrigues (Spa) 6-2 6-4

Valeria Savinykh (Rus) bt Mandy Minella (Lux) 7-6 (7-4) 6-1

(5) Angelique Kerber (Ger) bt Elina Svitolina (Ukr) 6-2 6-4

Maria Joao Koehler (Por) bt Karin Knapp (Ita) 3-6 6-3 6-3

Irina-Camelia Begu (Rom) bt Arantxa Rus (Ned) 6-4 6-2

Alize Cornet (Fra) bt Marina Erakovic (Nzl) 7-5 6-7 (3-7) 10-8

Misaki Doi (Jpn) bt Petra Martic (Cro) 6-3 6-4

(22) Jelena Jankovic (Ser) bt Johanna Larsson (Swe) 6-2 6-2

(23) Klara Zakopalova (Cze) bt Chanelle Scheepers (Rsa) 6-1 6-2

Kirsten Flipkens (Bel) bt Nina Bratchikova (Rus) 6-4 6-3

(19) Ekaterina Makarova (Rus) bt Michelle Larcher De Brito (Por) 6-2 7-5

(9) Samantha Stosur (Aus) bt Kai-Chen Chang (Tpe) 7-6 (7-3) 6-3

(4) Agnieszka Radwanska (Pol) bt Bojana Bobusic (Aus) 7-5 6-0

Romina Oprandi (Swi) bt Tsvetana Pironkova (Bul) 4-6 7-5 6-2
Olga Govortsova (Blr) bt Pauline Parmentier (Fra) 2-6 6-3 6-2

(18) Julia Goerges (Ger) bt Vera Dushevina (Rus) 7-5 2-6 6-4

(27) Sorana Cirstea (Rom) bt Coco Vandeweghe (USA) 6-4 6-2

(6) Na Li (Chn) bt Sesil Karatantcheva (Kaz) 6-2 6-3

Kristyna Pliskova (Cze) bt Sacha Jones (Aus) 6-3 6-2

(25) Venus Williams (USA) bt Galina Voskoboeva (Kaz) 6-1 6-0

(2) Maria Sharapova (Rus) bt Olga Puchkova (Rus) 6-0 6-0

Novak Djokovic issues warning to Australian Open rivals after Abu Dhabi win

I'm playing amazing! Djokovic issues ominous warning to Australian Open rivals after Abu Dhabi victory

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UPDATED:

17:20 GMT, 29 December 2012

Novak Djokovic warned his Australian Open rivals that he is in ‘amazing’ form ahead of his quest for a third successive title in Melbourne.

The Serb beat Nicolas Almagro in three sets in the final of the Abu Dhabi exhibition tournament after crushing tough Spaniard David Ferrer 6-0 6-3 in the semis.

And Djokovic, who has beaten Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray in the last two finals in Australia, wants to be the first man to claim three titles in a row Down Under.

Champion: Djokovic beat Almagro in three sets in the final in Abu Dhabi

Champion: Djokovic beat Almagro in three sets in the final in Abu Dhabi

Hat-trick: The Serb is looking for a third-straight Australian Open title

Hat-trick: The Serb is looking for a third-straight Australian Open title

‘I will be very motivated to hear that nobody has done this so I will try to make history there,' he said.

'I will be very flattered to be the first person to do that.

'The Australian Open is my most successful grand slam and hopefully I can get a shot at the title next year.'

Dominant: Djokovic crushed Ferrer 6-3 6-0 in the semis

Dominant: Djokovic crushed Ferrer 6-3 6-0 in the semis

Warning: The Serb thinks he is in 'amazing' form

Warning: The Serb thinks he is in 'amazing' form

Speaking after his dominant win against Ferrer, Djokovic said it was a 'perfect performance'.

'Last year I played an amazing few matches and this year I am playing amazing as well.

'It felt great, after a few weeks of preparation and hard work, more focusing on fitness and just gradually increasing the hours on the tennis court.

'It was a perfect performance against one of the best players in the world, especially in 2012 where he had his best year.

'It is a great confidence boost for me. It's something I will look at as a positive indication of my form in this tournament.'

Andy Murray and Andy Roddick use sofas in exhibition match

Lying down on the job: Sofa, so good for Roddick after exhibition win over Murray

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UPDATED:

10:27 GMT, 2 December 2012

Andy Murray and Andy Roddick took the idea of a 'time out' to a different level in Miami last night as they took part in an exhibition match.

Instead of the usual chairs for between-game breaks, the two players took a rest on sofas, with Roddick taking particular advantage.

The recently-retired American came through 6-2, 6-3 and will take on Nicolas Almagro in the final today.

Chilling out: Andy Murray takes a rest during his exhibition match with Andy Roddick (below)

Chilling out: Andy Murray takes a rest during his exhibition match with Andy Roddick (below)

Andy Roddick

'If we had gone three sets I would've had a full body cramp and it would've been awkward for all of you,' said Roddick. 'There's no comeback (to tennis for me). Andy was nice to me tonight.'

Murray, the Olympic gold medalist and U.S. Open champion, wasn't surprised that Roddick won.

All smiles: Murray enjoyed his experience in Miami despite his defeat to Roddick

All smiles: Murray enjoyed his experience in Miami despite his defeat to Roddick

All smiles: Murray enjoyed his experience in Miami despite his defeat to Roddick

'Andy hasn't hit that many balls the last few months,' Murray said. 'Maybe his timing was a little bit off, but he still hits the ball very well. It was only a few months ago he was making a decent run at the U.S. Open.'

Murray will remain in Florida for his annual boot camp before the Australian Open in January.

Season over: Murray will remain in Florida to prepare for the Australian Open next month

Season over: Murray will remain in Florida to prepare for the Australian Open next month

Season over: Murray will remain in Florida to prepare for the Australian Open next month

Novak Djokovic plays charity football match in Brazil – Video

New balls, please! Djokovic swaps tennis for football to show off skills in Brazil

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13:28 GMT, 19 November 2012

Novak Djokovic must have heard the umpire call 'new balls please' a million times in his career — but never has he taken the order quite so literally.

The world No 1 tennis player played a charity football match alongside three-time French Open champoin Gustavo Kuerten in Rio de Janeiro before a Brazilian league fixture on the weekend.

With the January transfer window fast approaching, his performance may have caught the eye of a few managers in the Barclays Premier League.

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Eyes on the prize: Djokovic's talents aren't limited to the tennis court

Eyes on the prize: Djokovic's talents aren't limited to the tennis court

Liverpool need a new striker to join Luis Suarez up front and Brendan Rodgers is understood to be a fan, while Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has long had his eye on a front man with a big serve.

The charity game itself was organised by fellow Serbian Dejan Petkovic who has played and starred for several Brazilian clubs in the past decade.

Djokovic was playing alongisde Brazil players Zico and Bebeto. The game ended 3-3 at the Engenhao stadium before Brazilian league champions Fluminense lost 2-0 to Cruzeiro.

Djokovic wasn’t only in Brazil to play a charity game of football, earlier in the week he joined Kuerten to open a public tennis court in the Rocinha and also played in a tennis exhibition match.

Legends: The world No 1 tennis star played alongside Brazil heroes Zico and Bebeto

Legends: The world No 1 tennis star played alongside Brazil heroes Zico and Bebeto

Legends: The world No 1 tennis star played alongside Brazil heroes Zico and Bebeto

Meanwhile on Sunday, Spain relinquished their Davis Cup crown after veteran Radek Stepanek guided the Czech Republic to a stunning triumph in Prague.

The hosts came into the final day with a 2-1 advantage which was clinically wiped out by David Ferrer’s straight-sets win over Tomas Berdych.

But 33-year-old Stepanek won the decisive rubber against the higher-ranked Nicolas Almagro to hand the Czechs their first global crown as an independent nation since the former Czechoslovakia split in 1993.

Rematch! Djokovic with Brazilian former world No 1 Kuerten

Rematch! Djokovic with Brazilian former world No 1 Kuerten

VIDEO: Penalty! Novak Djokovic hits the pitch instead of the court…

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Davis Cup final: Spain lose to Czech Republic in doubles

Berdych and Stepanek down Spanish pair to close in on Davis Cup glory

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18:08 GMT, 17 November 2012

London's O2 Arena will have seemed a long way off from its Czech counterpart for Spanish duo Marc Granollers and Marc Lopez as they slid to a Davis Cup final defeat, just six days after the high of winning under the Millenium Dome.

The champions of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals were downed by host nation’s Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek in a feverish atmosphere to put the Czech Republic within one victory of winning the 100th edition of the sport’s premier team competition.

In the pivotal doubles rubber it was again shown that there is no substitute for sheer ability and big match experience, whatever the format, as the two better known players prevailed 3-6, 7-5, 7-5, 6-3, in three hours and 19 minutes.

Czech mates: Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek beat Spain in the doubles

Czech mates: Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek beat Spain in the doubles

It was an impressive effort from Berdych, who finished his singles match not long before midnight on Friday, barely fourteen hours before resuming with the partner alongside whom he now has a 12-1 record in doubles in the team event.

Sunday will require one last slog from the Czech No 1 as he takes on his opposite number David Ferrer, who never gives an inch.

Assuming he still has enough puff left, 34 year-old Stepanek is slated to play the decisive singles against Nicolas Almagro if Berdych cannot finish off the job.

On the basis of what we saw on Friday, when the Spaniards played above themselves and looked comfortable with the pace of the court, the home side are still a long way off from emulating the old Czechoslovakia team of 1980 that won this title.

If they did manage to cross the finishing line then what is beyond doubt is that it would spark off delirious celebrations as the last two days have provided more proof that team competition stirs emotions in a way that the individual format struggles to match.

No answer: Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez were bought back down to Earth

No answer: Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez were bought back down to Earth

Without the luxury of a specialist doubles team to give them a day's rest, Berdych and Stepanek were slow off the mark against the Spanish pair, whose confidence gleaned from London appeared to have carried over.

It did not help that Stepanek, whose serve was vulnerable on Friday, dropped his in the second game to give the visitors the perfect start.

Only in the second set set did the Czechs begin to look more co-ordinated, and they were eventually able to prey upon what emerged as two key weaknesses in the opposition – the reflex volleying of Granollers at the net and the serving of Lopez, whose profile before this year has been connected to his friendship and sometime partnership with Rafael Nadal.

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Pure delight: The win sent the patriotic crowd into rapture

In the fourth the crucial break came for 4-2, and although Berdych looked edgy as he tried to serve the match out at 5-3 they summoned up enough composure to seal the win without ever looking completely convincing.

After a mediocre display on Friday Stepanek grew into the match, and will feel better about himself if he has to come out to play what would be a nerve-shredding deciding rubber against Alamgro, the talented baseliner who is nonetheless at his least comfortable when playing indoors.

Ferrer looked extremely accomplished in his opening match, and Berdych will need to be at his best to try and hit through him on a court designed to enable him to do just that.

So the Spanish may have more energy for the task, but as their Captain Alex Corretja succinctly put it: 'We would still rather be tired and 2-1 up.'

US Open 2012: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga knocked out

Fifth seed Tsonga dumped out of US Open as draw opens up for Murray

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20:52 GMT, 30 August 2012

Unheralded Slovakian Martin Klizan caused the shock of the tournament as he knocked out fifth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the second round of the US Open.

The Frenchman, who had been seeded to meet Olympic champion Andy Murray in the quarter-finals, was horribly out of sorts and crashed out 6-4 1-6 6-1 6-3.

Tsonga, a quarter-finalist here last
year and a semi-finalist at Wimbledon last month, looked like he had
turned things around in the second set but instead Klizan pulled away
again in the third.

Shock: Martin Klizan stunned Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the US Open

Shock: Martin Klizan stunned Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the US Open

The Slovakian then opened up a 4-0 lead in the fourth set and, although Tsonga responded to reduce the deficit to 4-3, it was not good enough.

Klizan, ranked 52nd in the world, has
had a good season but had never beaten anyone close to the calibre of
Tsonga before and lost to Britain's Dan Evans in the Davis Cup earlier
this year.

Eleventh seed
Nicolas Almagro had to fight back from two sets to one down to defeat
German Philipp Petzschner 6-3 5-7 5-7 6-4 6-4 while 17th seed Kei
Nishikori beat Tim Smyczek of the US 6-2 6-2 6-4.

It was Tsonga's earliest exit at a
grand slam since the Australian Open in 2007, and he did not have much
of an explanation for his poor performance.

The Frenchman said: 'In the second
set I played well. But at the beginning of the second set also it was
dangerous for me, and finally I came back.

'Today I was not in good shape. I
didn't play good tennis. It seemed like I couldn't hit the ball hard
enough to put my opponent out of position. I don't really know why it
was like this today, but sometimes it happens with me.

Struggles: Tsonga had been seeded to play Britain's Andy Murray later in the tournament

Struggles: Tsonga had been seeded to play Britain's Andy Murray later in the tournament

'I'm disappointed but it's tennis. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. Of course, it's always sad when you lose but I will wait for another good moment. I will forget it.'

Tsonga denied he was carrying any injuries, although fatigue is clearly taking its toll on a lot of players, while he admitted the dominance of the top four in men's tennis can be dispiriting.

He said: 'We have to play every week. I'm not a machine. Sometimes I'm tired, sometimes not. Sometimes in good shape, sometimes not. That's it.

'I work hard every week. I give a lot of myself every day. I never get rewards. That's why sometimes it's tough.'

Klizan, who is likely to face another Frenchman, 32nd seed Jeremy Chardy, in the next round, was understandably thrilled with his breakthrough victory.

The 23-year-old said: “He's number six in the world and I beat him.

Comeback: Mardy Fish fought back well to beat Nikolay Davydenko

Comeback: Mardy Fish fought back well to beat Nikolay Davydenko

'I feel great. I'm very happy. I think it's my best result in my career and I'm looking forward to playing Saturday in the third round. There is a chance to win again.'

American Mardy Fish, the 23rd seed, became the 10th player to recover from two sets down to win against Russia's Nikolay Davydenko, a new record for the US Open.

Fish proved the tougher in sweltering conditions on Arthur Ashe Stadium to win 4-6 6-7 (4/7) 6-2 6-1 6-2 while 30th seed Feliciano Lopez narrowly avoided the same fate, beating fellow Spaniard Pablo Andujar 6-4 6-1 6-7 (5/7) 3-6 7-5.

Almagro, meanwhile, will meet American teenager Jack Sock after he reached round three at a grand slam for the first time with a 6-2 6-2 6-4 victory over Flavio Cipolla of Italy.

Raonic survives scare to join Tsonga and Berdych in second round of US Open

Raonic survives scare to join Tsonga and Berdych in second round of US Open

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22:28 GMT, 28 August 2012

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Tomas Berdych
both eased through to the second round of the US Open but dark horse
Milos Raonic was pushed all the way by Colombia's Santiago Giraldo.

The Canadian 15th seed is the
brightest of the next generation and is seen as a potential threat to
the big names but he looked on his way out at two sets to one and a
break down.

Scare: Milos Raonic was pushed to the limit

Scare: Milos Raonic was pushed to the limit

Raonic, a potential fourth-round opponent for Andy Murray, was decidedly out of sorts in the roasting conditions at Flushing Meadows but turned things around to win 6-3 4-6 3-6 6-4 6-4 in three hours and 25 minutes.

Fifth seed Tsonga had no such problems against Slovakia's Karol Beck, although he did have to come from a break down in the third set to triumph 6-3 6-1 7-6 (7/2).

The Frenchman said: 'I think I played good tennis the first two sets, and after that I lost a bit of concentration at the beginning of the third set.

'Then I put in some effort to come back. It was not easy today because the weather was hot. I'm happy to go through this round really quickly.'

Safe passage: France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Safe passage: France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Sixth seed Berdych was tested by talented Belgian David Goffin, who reached the fourth round of the French Open as a lucky loser, but did not lose a set, coming through 7-5 6-3 6-3.

The Czech saved 16 of the 18 break points he faced, and he said: 'It's a good statistic for me. I think he has a pretty good future ahead of him. If he keeps doing what he's doing, then I think we can see him quite high in the future.'

Home favourite Andy Roddick, seeded 20th this year, saw off young American Rhyne Williams 6-3 6-4 6-4 while 11th seed Nicolas Almagro from Spain defeated Czech Radek Stepanek 6-4 6-7 (5/7) 6-3 6-4.

London 2012 Olympics: Andy Murray reaches semi against Novak Djokovic

Murray on track for medal after strolling past Almagro… but Djokovic awaits in semis

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15:01 GMT, 2 August 2012

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Andy Murray put on a dazzling display for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as he crushed Nicolas Almagro to move within one win of an Olympic medal.

Murray produced his best performance of the tournament in front of the Royal couple on Court One at Wimbledon, and now faces Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals after the world No 1 beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in straight sets.

The Scot raced to a first set win in just over half an hour before Almagro suffered a recurrence of a shoulder injury and crumbled in the second to leave Murray with a superb 6-4, 6-1 win.

Composed: Andy Murray had no problems against Nicolas Almagro

Composed: Andy Murray had no problems against Nicolas Almagro

The British No 1 will now play either Novak Djokovic or Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the last four.

The only disappointing aspect of the Scot's victory was the fact that around 700 empty seats were visible halfway through the first set while Murray Mound was packed outside.

Murray started off nervously on Wednesday, losing the first set against Marco Baghdatis, but there was no repeat performance this afternoon as the Scot came flying out of the blocks.

Closer and closer: Andy Murray remains on course for an Olympic medal

Closer and closer: Andy Murray remains on course for an Olympic medal

William and Kate looked in relaxed mood as they enjoyed their afternoon in the sun, but on court Murray was intent on getting down to business.

Almagro is one of the form players in the world, but Murray challenged his opponent hard in the first game before firing down two aces to hold.

Almagro showed flashes of brilliance with some powerful forehand shots, but the Scot was clearly on top, engineering three break points in the fifth game with some excellent tennis.

A-list support: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge enjoyed the Murray match

A-list support: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge enjoyed the Murray match

The Spaniard buckled under pressure, double-faulting to gift Murray the break and the British No 1 fired down four successive aces in the following game to stamp his authority on the match.

Murray held to love twice to take the set after just 34 minutes and the 25-year-old's chances of victory were boosted when Almagro suffered a shoulder injury that required on-court treatment from the physio.

Can't get in: Fans watched the action on big screens but despite there being empty seats inside

Can't get in: Fans watched the action on big screens but despite there being empty seats inside

The interruption failed to knock Murray out of his stride as he broke Almagro to love at the start of the second, the winning shot a peach of a cross-court forehand.

Almagro's frustration got the better of him in the next game as he angrily punched his racquet into the turf.

Murray suffered a slight wobble in the fourth game when he double-faulted twice, but held and then broke his opponent again in the following game with a brilliant forehand.

The Scot held superbly before breaking the Spaniard again in the seventh game to seal a victory that was greeted by a standing ovation from the crowd, including the Royal couple.

Murray, also playing in the first round of the mixed doubles with Laura Robson this afternoon, was delighted with the quickfire victory in front of William and Kate.

Murray said: 'I didn't speak to them after the match but it's always nice when you're playing in front of royalty.

'When you get people like that coming along it helps raise the profile of the sport.

Pumped: Andy Murray was in the mood against Nicolas Almagro

Pumped: Andy Murray was in the mood against Nicolas Almagro

'It was a good performance today. I served well and that helped.

'It was good to get it finished early. I didn't want a long match because I am playing in the doubles this afternoon.

'Now I hope I can get a medal.'

Murray was disappointed to see rows
of empty seats on Court One, however, and urged organisers to make sure
the stands are full for his semi-final, and Sunday's medal matches.

'I would like to see all the seats full in all of the stadia but for whatever reason they haven't been,' the Scot said.

'The support inside and outside the stadiums has been great so hopefully over the weekend we will get all the courts packed.

'Centre Court was really busy the
last two rounds I have played on there and hopefully they will all be
full. Everyone wants to see that.

'Lots of people want to see the
Games, there are lots of people trying to get tickets and it's not easy
so I don't want to see any empty seats.'

London 2012 Olympics: Andy Murray reaches semis

Murray stays on track for medal as Scot strolls past Almagro to reach semis

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12:11 GMT, 2 August 2012

Andy Murray is through to the semi-finals of the men's singles after cruising past Nicolas Almagro.

Murray won the first set 6-4 and after his Spanish opponent took a medical timeout, the Scot clinched the second 6-1.

The British No 1 faces Novak Djokovic or Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

Full report to follow…

Composed: Andy Murray had no problems against Nicolas Almagro

Composed: Andy Murray had no problems against Nicolas Almagro