Andy one win away from world number one
Britain’s Andy Murray is one win from becoming world number one following Novak Djokovic’s surprise defeat by Marin Cilic at the Paris Masters.
Second seed Murray beat Czech Tomas Berdych 7-6 (11-9) 7-5 and will play Canadian Milos Raonic in Saturday’s semi-final at about 15:30 GMT.
Victory would see the British number one top the world rankings for the first time.
Murray claimed the first set after a thrilling tie-break in which he defended a total of seven set points, having at one stage been 6-1 down.
He immediately broke Berdych’s serve in the second set, and looked set to force home his advantage until, when serving for the match at 5-4, his opponent broke back.
However, Berdych failed to take advantage and his double fault handed the initiative back to Murray, who held his nerve for a sixth successive win over the 31-year-old.
“Before the match there were a few more nerves maybe than there was earlier in the week,” said Murray. “But once I got out there, I didn’t feel any different to any other match.
“If it happens this week, great. But if not, I’m not putting any extra pressure on myself this week because I still think I have an opportunity to do it in the future.
“But obviously I’d love to do it tomorrow if I can.”
Murray’s semi-final is scheduled on court not before 15:30 on Saturday.