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China Open: Thiem ousts Murray

Dominic Thiem of Austria (photo by AFP)

Dominic Thiem of Austria has defeated Andy Murray in straight sets to reach the semi-finals of the China Open in Beijing.

In a high-quality encounter, former world no.1 Andy Murray put up a grueling fight against Thiem in the opener, but despite his efforts, the Brit was broken twice to hand over the set 6-2.

The top-seeded Austrian appeared to be in command after breaking Murray again at the start of the 2nd set, but Murray broke back and sent the game into a tie-break. Thiem regrouped and won five successive points to claim the match after an hour and 55 minutes.

Thiem will now face Karen Khachanov in the semi-finals on Saturday.

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