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Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic in semis at ExxonMobil Open

Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, ExxonMobil Open

The world’s top two tennis players, Britain’s Andy Murray and Serbia’s Novak Djokovic, have advanced to the semi-finals of the Qatar ExxonMobil Open.

Murray, the World No.1, beat Spain’s Nicolas Almagro 7-6 (7-4), 7-5. Djokovic, the defending champion, took out the Czech Republic’s Radek Stepanek 6-3, 6-3 on Thursday.

“It was obviously very windy and it was blowing across the court a lot. That makes timing pretty difficult,” Murray said. “It was hard for everyone today.”

The 29-year-old Murray, who won the title in Doha in 2008 and 2009, will play Czech Tomas Berdych, the No.3 seed, in the semi-finals.

Berdych beat France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the No.5 seed and 2012 Qatar ExxonMobil Open champion, 7-5, 6-3.

Djokovic, who fell out of the top spot in the rankings in November, seemed pleased with his play after the match.

“I thought in terms of my performance, under the circumstances, I put the level up again, which is great. So everything is going in the right direction,” the 29-year-old Djokovic said.

The Serbian star, who has won 12 Grand Slam titles, will play Spain’s Fernando Verdasco in the semi-finals.

Verdasco beat big-serving Croat Ivo Karlovic, the No. 6 seed, 6-2, 7-5.

“He’s a very complete player,” Djokovic said, referring to Verdasco. “He’s got weapons from the forehand side, big serve (and he’s) very strong.”

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