Murray, Dimitrov advance China Open final BEIJING: Top seed Andy Murray cruised past Spain’s David Ferrer 6-2, 6-3 on Saturday and Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov received a walkover into the China Open final after Milos Raonic withdrew due to an ankle injury.
The 29-year-old Murray, who is yet to drop a set this week, sealed victory in one hour 31 minutes, his seventh successive win over fifth seed Ferrer.
The big-serving Raonic was forced to play twice on Friday, beating Tunisia’s Malek Jaziri and Pablo Carreno Busta to advance to the last four and he sustained the injury during the win over the Spaniard.
“Yesterday during my second match in the evening, I rolled over my ankle, obviously caused it some level of a sprain,” the Canadian said.
“I did a test this morning, which showed I had a partial tear on the outside of my ankle. I was told to give it a try. I tried to warm up just before the match like I would normally, and I was unable to play.”
Meanwhile, Johanna Konta became the first British woman to make the top 10 world rankings in 32 years after defeating Madison Keys in their last-four clash.
The 11th-seeded Konta beat eighth-seeded Keys 7-6 (7-1), 4-6, 6-4 after 2 hours, 35 minutes under clear skies. Keys struggled on her second service, winning only 37 percent of points.
Currently ranked 14th, Konta will break into the top 10 of the next WTA rankings — the first British woman to do so since Jo Durie in 1984. She also moves into the top eight of the Road to Singapore race.
The 25-year-old Konta faces world number three Agnieszka Radwanska, who beat Ukrainian Elina Svitolina 7-6 (7-3), 6-3 in Sunday’s final.