Andy Murray reaches semi-finals at Battle of the Brits

Andy Murray qualified for the semi-finals at Schroders Battle of the Brits after defeating James Ward in another physically-demanding encounter.

Murray suffered from tiredness and fatigue but conjured up some of his old magic to defeat a resilient Ward 6-3 7-5 in a gruelling clash.

The Scot was playing his third match of the week, having not played since November due to a bruised bone.

But he battled hard to take the first set, and then fought back from a break down in the second to take the match.

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I’ve been feeling it a little bit and obviously I’ve played three matches, the last two were a pretty high level, it’s been tough but I did quite well.

Andy Murray

After losing his second match in three sets to Kyle Edmund, the 33-year-old needed a win to progress in the tournament, and he managed to come through in straight sets.

“It’s unbelievably hot conditions in here and because there’s no air conditioning allowed it’s pretty hot everywhere which is quite draining,” Murray said.

“I know it’s not the worst situation to be in but usually if you’re playing a match you’ll find a cold space to go to and build up to the match and dropping your body temperature.

“But here there’s no air conditioning allowed, it’s pretty hot everywhere and it’s quite draining.

“I’ve been feeling it a little bit and obviously I’ve played three matches, the last two were a pretty high level, it’s been tough but I did quite well.”

Earlier on in the day, British No 1 Dan Evans, who now plays Murray, produced an eye-catching 6-3 6-3 victory over Cameron Norrie to secure his place in the semi-finals.

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