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Andy Murray passes another tough test

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Andy Murray battled through another testing match against Richard Gasquet to make his way through to the semi-finals of the Masters 1000 in Cincinnati.

After losing the first set, as he did against Grigor Dimitrov just 24 hours before, Murray came storming back and took advantage of a tiring Gasquet.

Another difficult day at the office was on the cards for Murray when Gasquet broke the Scot in the ninth game of the opening set to take a 5-4 lead. The elegant Frenchman then served out the set easily to take it 6-4. Murray was visibly annoyed, as he gave himself a verbal dressing down after being broken and then again in-between sets.

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The personal pep-talk seemed to work as Murray raced into a 5-0 lead in the second, breaking a shell shocked Gasquet twice along the way. Sharpened service games and an increased tempo from Murray helped him take the set 6-1.

The third set was more competitive even though Murray always seemed to be on the ascendancy, using his sparkling lob shot to great effect. But the two-time Cincinnati champion had to wait until the ninth game to break Gasquet again and put himself into the driving seat, before serving out to take the set and the match 4-6, 6-1, 6-4.

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It was another grueling match for the 2012 US Open champion, who has now come through three hard fought games to reach the semi-finals, with two late night finishes along the way.

Speaking about how tiring and demanding his recent matches have been, he told BBC Sport: "I fought and gave everything I had, but thankfully its just been enough in the last two days."

The semi-finals will take place on Saturday 22nd at the Linder Family Tennis Center. Play is due to commence at 1pm local time.

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