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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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Lestienne banned for betting on 220 tennis matches

Lestienne placed bets on matches bets on 220 matches between February 2012 and June 2015. Credit: lequipe

French player Constant Lestienne has been given a seven-month suspension after admitting betting on tennis matches.

The 24-year-old, who is ranked 164, was found by a Tennis Integrity Unit investigation to have placed bets on 220 matches between February 2012 and June 2015.

Half of his ban has been suspended on the condition he commits no further anti-corruption offences while half of his 10,000 US dollars fine will be written off if he provides assistance to the TIU.

None of the bets involved matches in which Lestienne was playing but, under tennis' anti-corruption programme, no players are permitted to gamble on the sport.

Lestienne had been due to make his grand slam debut at the French Open this summer but had his wild card revoked after he was placed under investigation.

Davis Cup holders Great Britain lose to Argentina

The Argentina team celebrates in Glasgow. Credit: PA

Great Britain fought hard to keep alive the defence of their Davis Cup title, but could not quite pull off a comeback against Argentina in Glasgow.

Trailing 2-0 on Friday after singles defeats for Andy Murray and Kyle Edmund, the chances of Leon Smith's team reaching a second successive final looked slim indeed.

But the Murray brothers won the doubles on Saturday and Andy defied a leg injury to defeat Guido Pella 6-3 6-2 6-3 in the opening match on Sunday.

So the tie came down to a clash between Dan Evans and Leonardo Mayer, and it was the Argentinian who prevailed 4-6 6-3 6-2 6-4.

Evans would have expected to face Juan Martin del Potro, conqueror of Murray in five hours on Friday, but the former US Open champion hinted on Saturday he was not prepared to risk his fragile body.

Andy Murray battles through pain barrier to set up Davis Cup decider

Andy Murray. Credit: PA

Andy Murray beat Guido Pella despite an injury to send Great Britain's Davis Cup semi-final against Argentina to a deciding fifth rubber.

After more than eight hours of tennis already in this tie and on the back of a gruelling summer, it was amazing the world number two even had the energy to drag himself onto the court at Glasgow's Emirates Arena.

But, with the atmosphere having stepped up yet another notch, he did a lot more than that and raced to a 6-3 6-2 6-3 victory over an outclassed Pella.

On the face of it, it was straightforward, but Murray spent much of the third set wincing and needed an off-court injury time-out.

World number 49 Pella had been impressive in defeating Kyle Edmund on day one to give the visitors a 2-0 lead but Murray ruthlessly exploited his lack of weapons.

The victory, which took two hours and 11 minutes, meant Britain's hopes of a second successive Davis Cup final rested on the shoulders of Dan Evans.

Murray named in Davis Cup squad to face Argentina

Murray's participation could yet depend on how he fares at the US Open. Credit: PA

Andy Murray is set to return to Great Britain's Davis Cup team for next weekend's semi-final against Argentina in Glasgow.

The world number two, who sat out the quarter-final in Serbia in July following his Wimbledon triumph, was named in a provisional five-man team alongside Kyle Edmund, Dan Evans, Jamie Murray and Dom Inglot.

Murray's participation could yet depend on how he fares at the US Open, where he eased through to the quarter-finals on Monday night with a thumping win over Grigor Dimitrov.

The Davis Cup tie begins at the Emirates Arena on September 16, only five days after the final in New York.

But, unlike the Serbia clash, Murray would not have to contend with a change of surface and, injury permitting, seems almost certain to play.

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