Miami, Florida. Former winner Andy Murray battled into the semi-finals of the $9.6 million ATP/WTA Miami tournament Wednesday, rallying to beat Serb ninth seed Janko Tipsarevic 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 on Wednesday.
The British fourth seed is chasing his second title of the season after winning in Brisbane earlier this year.
Murray crashed out of his last tournament, losing his opener at Indian Wells, and he looked as if he could be headed for another exit when he lost six games in a row in this one.
“I felt like in the first set I was trying to do too much with the ball and therefore making more mistakes than I needed to or that I normally do,” Murray said.
Murray called for the doctor in the first set when he was ahead 3-2, saying his stomach was upset and he might have been suffering from indigestion.
“I don’t know if I drunk too much beforehand and kind of over-hydrated,” he said. “Each time I took a sip I wanted to burp.
“I took two tablets (from the doctor). He said it was to settle my stomach down.
“Basically the last two sets I hardly drunk anything.”
The 24-year-old Scot will next face either sixth seeded Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga or world number two Rafael Nadal of Spain.
“It should be a great match because both are two of the most exciting players on the tour,” Murray said.
Murray improved to 5-3 lifetime against Tipsarevic who fell behind 2-4 before winning six straight games — four to win the first set and two more for a 2-0 lead in the second.
Murray rallied, however, to win the second set. He then converted a lone service break in the final set to take the match in two hours, 39 minutes.
“You can take chances but you have to wait for the right ball to move on. I was rushing and trying to end points quickly and in today’s game it is pretty much impossible to win playing that way,” Murray said.
Murray finished with six aces, two double faults and won 66 percent of his first-serve points.
“Today’s match was really important for me to get through after being a break down a few times in the second set,” Murray said. “It is good to be in the semi-finals and hopefully I can rest, recover and play well on Friday.”
Tipsarevic fired seven aces but won just 32 percent of his second-serve points.
Besides winning in Brisbane this year, Murray also finished runner-up to Roger Federer in Dubai and lost a five-set thriller to Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open.