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to meet Murray
in Vienna final
VIENNA---Jo-Wilfried Tsonga saved a match point
before beating Ivo Karlovic 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (6) and
setting up a final against top-seeded Andy Murray
at the Erste Bank Open yesterday.
Murray advanced because defending champion
David Ferrer pulled out with a left leg injury shortly
before their semifinal.
Tournament director Herwig Straka said Ferrer
visited a private clinic, where doctors advised him
not to play. Ferrer already looked hampered in Friday's
quarterfinal, and he complained about muscle cramps
after the 2 1/2-hour match against Serbia's Viktor
"The last two matches I had pain. It's too much
to play now," the 19th-ranked Spaniard said.
The ATP said it was only the second time in 1,024
career matches that Ferrer withdrew.
Murray, who is 6-4 in finals this year, could set
a personal best with a seventh tournament win in
2016. He leads Tsonga 12-3 in career meetings and
has won the last four matches against the 15th-ranked
The Scot, who is chasing his 42nd career title, is
on a 13-match winning streak after winning back-
to-back titles in Beijing and Shanghai. He won in
Vienna on his only previous visit, in 2014.
In his first final of the year, Tsonga is aiming for
his 13th career title. He won the event in 2011.
The eighth-seeded Karlovic used his only break
point on Tsonga's serve to take the opening set. AP
BASEL---Kei Nishikori saved a match
point with a perfect topspin lob and
fought back to beat Gilles Muller 4-6, 7-6
(3), 6-3 in the Swiss Indoors semifinals
Fourth-seeded Marin Cilic also trailed
by a set before winning 4-6, 7-5, 6-3
against qualifier Mischa Zverev of
The title match today is a repeat of the
2014 US Open final which Cilic won in
three straight sets.
Nishikori, the No 5-ranked Japanese,
faced an upset loss to the 37th-ranked
Muller, a left-hander from Luxembourg,
when trailing 4-5, 30-40 in the second
Nishikori went behind the baseline to
retrieve Muller's backhand volley
approach shot and lifted a forehand lob.
The third-seeded Nishikori dominated
the second-set tiebreaker and completed
the win in 2 hours, 15 minutes.
Nishikori, who lost the 2011 Basel title
match to Roger Federer, is seeking his
second title of a season which has
brought a career-best 56 wins.
Cilic lifted himself into the eighth and
last qualifying spot for the ATP Tour
Finals next month by reaching the Basel
The 12th-ranked Croat dropped serve
for the first time this week in losing the
opening set to Zverev, who ousted U.S.
Open champion Stan Wawrinka of
Switzerland in a long quarterfinal on
In the second set, Cilic saved three
break points for Zverev when serving at
4-4, then took his first break chance of
the match to clinch the set.
Kerber to take on
World number one Angelique Kerber moved one
win away from capping a stunning season with the
WTA Finals trophy by securing her place in today s
The Australian Open and US Open champion
defeated Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2 6-1 in Singapore,
a clinical victory over last year's champion at the
end-of-term showpiece tournament.
German left-hander Kerber began the year without
a grand slam title and at number 10 in the world.
She has brilliantly transformed her career in just 10
months, with a Wimbledon final appearance also
figuring in a stunning run of results.
Today, the 28-year-old will tackle Dominika
Cibulkova, a Slovakian who has jumped from 38th
to eighth in the rankings in 2016.
Cibulkova began slowly against Russian Svetlana
Kuznetsova in their semi-final before coming through
a 1-6 7-6 (7/2) 6-4 winner.
Hamilton, Rosberg duel
will start 1-2 in Mexico
MEXICO CITY---Lewis Hamilton grabbed the pole
position for the Mexican Grand Prix yesterday and
Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg fought back from
his rough practice outings to earn the No 2 spot.
Rosberg's leap into second position came on his
final lap after three practice sessions when he struggled
to find the pace to stay with his teammate in their
duel for the season championship.
The position is critical. Even if Hamilton wins,
Rosberg leads by 26 points and can clinch the title
by finishing second twice and third in the final three
races of the season.
Hamilton has been in top form in chasing him of
late. He won the US Grand Prix a week ago to keep
his title chances alive, with hopes he can keep pres-
suring Rosberg into a mistake.
Red Bull's Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo
will fill out the second row today at the Autodromo
Hermanos Rodriguez. AP
Nishikori, Cilic to battle for Swiss Indoors title
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