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Garza banned from tennis for six months on match-fixing charge

Mexican Daniel Garza has been banned for six months and handed a US$5,000 (£4,060) fine after being found guilty of a match-fixing charge.

The Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) found Garza had "attempted to influence the outcome" of a match at the ITF USA Futures 11 tournament in Calabasas, California last March. Garza did not play in the tournament.

"The suspension applies with immediate effect and means that he is excluded from competing in, or attending, any tournament or event organised or sanctioned by the governing bodies of the sport," a TIU statement read.

Garza, 31, was found guilty of breaching Section D.1.d of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program, which states "no covered person shall, directly or indirectly, contrive or attempt to contrive the outcome or any other aspect of any event."

Garza's singles world ranking is 1,065, with a career high of 294 in 2012.

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British No.1 Murray wins Shanghai Masters

Andy Murray closed in on world number one Novak Djokovic after winning his sixth title of the year with victory at the Shanghai Masters.

The Scot beat Roberto Bautista Agut, Djokovic's semi-final conqueror, 7-6 (7/1) 6-1 in 96 minutes to extend his winning run to 10 matches after triumphing at the China Open in Beijing a week ago.

Andy Murray is in form. Credit: PA

Victory in Shanghai, Murray's 41st career title, cut the gap to Djokovic to 915 points.

The first set went with serve until Murray broke his Spanish opponent to take a 4-3 lead but when Bautista Agut broke back and then made it 6-5, Murray took the first set to a tie-break with a love game.

He cruised through the tie-break 7-1 to make it 19 sets won in a row before three breaks of service, to his opponent's one, in the second set eased the Briton into a 5-1 lead from where he closed out the match with a number of 100mph second serves and powerful groundstrokes.

Murray recovers from slow start to reach China Open final

Andy Murray is into the China Open final. Credit: PA

World number two Andy Murray recovered from a slow start to surge into the final of the China Open with victory over Spain's David Ferrer on Saturday.

Murray was a break down in the opening set before hitting back to win the next five games in a row on his way to a 6-2 6-3 win in exactly 90 minutes in Beijing.

The 29-year-old will face Grigor Dimitrov in Sunday's final after recording his seventh consecutive victory over Ferrer, who ultimately lacked the firepower to upset the top seed.

Ferrer, who lost to Murray in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open in January, broke for a 2-1 lead in the first set but was immediately broken back to love.

Consecutive double faults then gave Murray three more break points in the sixth game and although Ferrer saved two, a backhand which drifted over the baseline gave Murray a 4-2 lead.

Another break of serve saw Murray take the opening set after 48 minutes and the double Olympic champion raced into a 3-1 lead in the second before surprisingly losing his serve.

However, that proved to be a momentary lapse in concentration and Murray immediately broke Ferrer's serve once more before wrapping up an impressive win.

"I did well," Murray said on the ATP website. "I was obviously 2-1 down with a break in the first set. Even the period in the second set where he came back a bit, when he broke me, there was a lot of long points. Really good tennis I thought."

Konta reaches China Open final and world top ten

Johanna Konta saw off Madison Keys. Credit: PA

Johanna Konta is the first British woman to break into the top 10 of the world rankings in 32 years after beating Madison Keys to reach the final of the China Open.

Konta, the 11th seed, overcame her American opponent 7-6 (7/1) 4-6 6-4 in an encounter that lasted more than two and a half hours.

The 25-year-old's victory in Beijing means she will climb into the top 10 of the next WTA rankings, becoming the first British woman to achieve the feat since Jo Durie in 1984.

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Murray beats fellow Brit Edmund in China Open

Andy Murray beat Kyle Edmund. Credit: PA

World number two Andy Murray praised compatriot Kyle Edmund after defeating his Davis Cup team-mate 7-6 (11/9) 6-2 in the quarter-finals of the China Open.

Murray edged a tight first set in a tie-break and trailed 2-0 early in the second, but reeled off six games in a row to set up a semi-final clash with Spain's David Ferrer, who beat Alexander Zverev in three sets.

"I know how good he (Edmund) is and the power that he has on the court," Murray said.

"I knew it was going to be a hard match today, he'd come though qualifying here and had a good win in the last round. He's playing really well and will be up at the top of the game soon.

"The first set was very tough and I was down an early break in the second. He generates a lot of power on the forehand side, it's one of the bigger weapons in tennis just now and that will continue to develop over the next few years the more matches he plays.

"In the biggest tournaments against the best players he's going to learn how to use that shot more and more."

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