x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Djokovic and Wozniacki battle through

Top seeds power into the China Open semi-finals today while second-seeded Andy Murray lost in his first tournament since the US Open.

BEIJING // Top seeds Novak Djokovic and Caroline Wozniacki powered into the China Open semi-finals today while second-seeded Andy Murray lost in his first tournament since the US Open.

 Defending champion Djokovic, who is ranked No 2 in the world, fended off all seven break points he faced while breaking Gilles Simon three times on his way to winning 6-3, 6-2. It was the fifth straight time he had beaten the Frenchman.

"I'm very happy that my serve is getting better and better, and hopefully I'm going to use it more and more," Djokovic said. Murray, meanwhile, lost to Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia 6-3, 6-2. Murray never threatened Ljubicic, failing to produce a single break point while being broken three times. 

"I just didn't hit the ball that well and made quite a few mistakes," Murray said. "If you're playing against someone who is serving well and you make a lot of mistakes on your own service game, it puts a bit more pressure on you, so that was probably it."

Wozniacki, who will take over the top place in the women's ranking on Monday, overcame a painful knee injury in the second set to beat Ana Ivanovic, the former No 1, 7-6 (1), 6-3.