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Andy Murray smashes through to Munich semis

Top-seeded Andy Murray hit back from a set down to defeat Lukas Rosol 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in a bad-tempered quarter-final at the rain-hit Munich Open on Saturday.

Andy Murray smashes through to Munich semis
Andy Murray in action. Photo: AFP
Playing in his first tournament since his marriage to long-time girlfriend Kim Sears, Murray led 4-1 in the first set before the Czech Republic's Rosol turned in a furious rally to take the next five games.
   
The two players then bumped into each other at the changeover which brought complaints from the Scot and an intervention by the ATP supervisor Gerry Armstrong.
   
Murray later told Rosol: "No-one likes you on the tour, everyone hates you."
   
The world number three, however, quickly shrugged off the altercation to claim 12 of the next 15 games for the win in exactly two hours.
   
In the last four the Scot will take on tough Spanish third seed Roberto Bautista Agut, who also had to bounce back after a first set loss to beat Víctor Estrella Burgos of the Dominican Republic 4-6, 6-0, 6-0.   
 
The two other quarter-finals in the second half of the draw see Dominic Thiem take on Gerald Melzer and Philipp Kohlschreiber go up against David
Goffin.
   
Torrential rain washed out all four quarter-finals on Friday, leaving both the quarter-finals and semis to be played on Saturday.
   
Murray will seek his second head-to-head victory over Bautista Agut in the semis, having previously triumphed in straight sets in the Wimbledon third round last year.
   
The Spaniard is in search of his second clay-court title, having won his maiden tour-level title on German soil in Stuttgart in 2014.

TENNIS

Nadal beats Zverev to set Spain up for Davis Cup decider with Germany

Rafael Nadal kept Spain's Davis Cup hopes alive by beating Alexander Zverez on Sunday in the fourth rubber of their quarter-final against Germany.

Nadal beats Zverev to set Spain up for Davis Cup decider with Germany
Germany's Alexander Zverev walks on the pitch during the Davis Cup quarter-final tennis match against Spain's Rafa Nadal at the bullring of Valencia, on Sunday. JOSE JORDAN / AFP
Nadal's 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 win in Valencia draws the tie level at 2-2, with Spanish world number 33 David Ferrer up against Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber in the fifth and decisive match.
 
Two breaks in each set were enough for Nadal to seal an impressively comfortable victory over Zverev in what was only the 31-year-old's second outing since returning from a hip injury.
 
Nadal was forced to retire at the Australian Open in January but, back on his favoured clay, the 16-time grand slam champion showed little sign of rust against Zverev, whom he has now beaten four times out of four.
 
It was also the 24th consecutive match Nadal has won in Davis Cup.
 
He beat Kohlschreiber in straight sets on Friday after Zverev had overcome Ferrer. Germany then took a 2-1 lead when Tim Puetz and Jan-Lennard Struff won the doubles rubber against Spain's Feliciano and Marc Lopez.