Murray, Dimitrov in China Open final

Sports Saturday 08/October/2016 20:09 PM
By: Times News Service
Murray, Dimitrov in 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 and 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 told the ATP website.
"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."
Murray, through to the China Open final for the first time, has enjoyed one of the best years of his career, winning Wimbledon and the Olympic gold medal.
World No. 1 Novak Djokovic pulled out of the tournament due to injury.
Konta meets Radwanska
Meanwhile, Britain's Johanna Konta withstood a fightback by Madison Keys and third seed Agnieszka Radwanska beat Ukraine's Elina Svitolina to reach to the women's final.
Konta beat Keys 7-6 (1), 4-6, 6-4 victory and will become the first British woman to break into the top 10 of the WTA rankings since Jo Durie in 1984.
Radwanska, the 2011 champion, secured a 7-6 (3), 6-3 victory over Svitolina, who upset world No. 1 Angelique Kerber earlier in the tournament, in one hour and 41 minutes.
Keys committed 47 unforced errors against the 11th-seeded Konta, who will move up to eighth place in the race to qualify for the season-ending WTA Finals in Singapore.
"I'm definitely enjoying my time here. It's my first time in Beijing and I hope to play many more times here. It's an amazing atmosphere, such a beautiful stadium, it's a real pleasure to play here," Konta told reporters.
"She's (Keys) such a high-quality player, has such a weight of shot -I just tried to run down as many balls as I could and tried to take the chances I got."