Murray, Ferrer stay in the running for year-end finals


VIENNA: Andy Murray and David Ferrer tightened the duel for spots in the ATP year-end final with a pair of wins into the semifinals of the Austrian Open on Friday (Saturday in Manila). Murray, seeded second and the heavy crowd favorite in his debut at Vienna’s Stadthalle, played it safe against German Jan-Lennard Struff in a 6-2, 7-5 win. Spain’s top seed Ferrer limited the damage from the lethal serve of Ivo Karlovic as he defeated the sixth-seeded Croatian 7-6 (7/5), 6-4, holding Karlovic to 17 aces.


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