Andy Murray reached his first ATP Tour singles semi-final for over two years by rolling up his sleeves to overcome Marius Copil in the European Open on Friday.

The three-time grand slam champion's persistence paid off as he battled past Copil with a 6-3 6-7 (7-9) 6-4 victory in Antwerp.

Murray squandered a 4-1 lead in a second set he lost after holding the same advantage in a tie-break, with Copil saving a match point. 

The Brit was not to be denied a place in the last four, winning what was his second quarter-final since returning from hip resurfacing surgery after claiming the only break of the final set.

Ugo Humbert stands in the way of Murray and a place in the final after coming from a set down to beat Guido Pella 5-7 6-4 6-4.

Fourth seed Stan Wawrinka outlasted Gilles Simon 6-3 6-7 (6-8) 6-2 and will face Jannik Sinner, who became the youngest ATP semi-finalist since 2014 when he got past Frances Tiafoe 6-4 3-6 6-3.

There will be no back-to-back Kremlin Cup triumphs for Karen Khachanov in his homeland after Andreas Seppi beat the defending champion 3-6 6-3 6-3.

Seppi has reached at least the quarter-finals in his past six appearances in Moscow and will face Adrian Mannarino - a straight-sets winner against Dusan Lajovic - for a place in the final after claiming the scalp of the second seed.

Marin Cilic took out Jeremy Chardy 6-4 4-6 7-6 (7-2) and will go up against Andrey Rublev, who saw the back of Nikola Milojevic 6-2 6-3.

There will be no dream swansong for Janko Tipsarevic at the Stockholm Open after Yuichi Sugita ended the Serbian's career with a 6-2 4-6 7-6 (7-4) triumph, booking a semi-final showdown with Denis Shapovalov.

Shapovalov eased to a 6-0 6-3 defeat of Cedrik-Marcel Stebe, while Pablo Carreno Busta beat Sam Querrey and will face Filip Krajinovic - conqueror of Yoshihito Nishioka.

Novak Djokovic said there were "not too many negatives" from a second-round victory over Go Soeda in the Japan Open on Wednesday.

The world number one, playing in his first tournament since retiring from the US Open with a shoulder injury, moved into the quarter-finals with a 6-3 7-5 defeat of wildcard Soeda.

Veteran outsider Soeda put up a fight in his homeland, but Djokovic broke four times and won 81 per cent of points behind his first serve to set up an encounter with Lucas Pouille in Tokyo.

Djokovic was broken when serving for the match with a 5-3 lead and Soeda saved three match points before being consigned to defeat.

The top seed said: "I think I played a pretty good tennis match. From the baseline, I was solid, aggressive when I needed to be and taking the ball early.

"I served very well until that game when I was serving for the match at 5-3. I made some double faults, I missed all my first serves, so I didn't serve that well that game, allowing him to break back and come back to the match,

"But there were not too many negatives today, because I had chances constantly. I had match points at 5-4, but he just came up with some very good shots and fought hard and that's why we give him credit. But from my side, I'm really pleased."

Pouille eased to a 6-1 6-2 victory over another Japanese contender in the form of Yoshihito Nishioka.

Reilly Opelka saw the back of Gilles Simon 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (7-2), while Yasutaka Uchiyama also progressed to the last eight in his homeland. 

David Goffin, John Millman and Lloyd Harris were first-round winners on day three.

Pablo Carreno Busta returned to winning ways on the ATP Tour with a gutsy 6-7 (5-7) 6-4 7-6 (7-3) triumph over Alexander Bublik in the Chengdu Open final.

The Spaniard climbed into the top 10 of the rankings in 2017 and won at Estoril, yet he had not claimed a single title in over two years since that triumph.

Carreno Busta has slumped to world number 63, but he returned to form in China this week.

The 28-year-old enjoyed impressive wins against Benoit Paire, Cristian Garin and Denis Shapovalov before finally beating Bublik on Sunday.

Carreno Busta squandered six break points against his erratic opponent, taking just one in the second game, but he kept his composure in the third-set tie-break to clinch victory.

Alex de Minaur produced a superb display to defeat Roberto Bautista Agut and set up a Zhuhai Open final with Adrian Mannarino.

The Australian, who accounted for Andy Murray in round two, dominated in a 6-2 6-2 thrashing of the world number 10.

De Minaur won 95 per cent of points on his first serve and converted four of five break points to remain firmly on track for a third title of the year.

Bautista Agut's fellow Spaniard Albert Ramos Vinolas also suffered semi-final disappointment as Mannarino burst out of the blocks in a 6-0 4-6 6-1 victory.

The Frenchman won the opening seven games and will hope to recapture that form in pursuit of a second ATP Tour title on Sunday.

There was some joy for Spain in Chengdu, where Pablo Carreno Busta booked a final showdown with Alexander Bublik.

Carreno Busta needed just 63 minutes to overcome Denis Shapovalov 6-3 6-4 while Bublik, who dismissed Grigor Dimitrov in the previous round, was a 7-6 (8-6) 6-4 winner over Lloyd Harris.

Novak Djokovic continued his winning run at the Western & Southern Open, cruising past Pablo Carreno Busta in the last 16 on Thursday.

The world number one made it eight straight wins in Cincinnati by easing past Carreno Busta 6-3 6-4 at the ATP Masters 1000 event.

Djokovic was in control throughout against the Spaniard, maintaining his perfect record against Carreno Busta with a third win.

The defending champion and 16-time grand slam winner will face Frenchman Lucas Pouille in the quarter-finals.

Djokovic won 12 straight points during the opening set, including breaking serve in the sixth game with a forehand pass at the net.

It was a clean first set from the Serbian star as he combined 13 winners with just five unforced errors.

Carreno Busta squandered opportunities early in the second set and he pulled a cross-court forehand wide to be broken in the third game.

Despite a much tighter set, that break was all Djokovic needed as he moved into the last eight.

Alexander Zverev stormed back to beat Filip Krajinovic and reach the German Tennis Championships semi-finals after splitting with coach Ivan Lendl, while Andrey Rublev claimed the scalp of Dominic Thiem.

Zverev and Lendl have parted ways less than a year after starting their collaboration ahead of the US Open.

The German could start the post-Lendl era with a second ATP Tour singles title of the season, having come from a set and a break down to beat Krajinovic 2-6 7-5 6-2 in his homeland on Friday.

Krajinovic served for the match at 5-3 up in the second set, but Zverev showed great resistance to pull himself off the ropes, winning four games in a row to level the match before largely dominating the decider.

Second seed Zverev will take on defending champion Nikoloz Basilashvili in the last four after the fourth seed beat Jeremy Chardy 6-2 6-3 in Hamburg.

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Top seed Thiem's titles hopes were ended with a 7-6 (7-3) 7-6 (7-5) loss to 21-year-old Russian Rublev, who will face Pablo Carreno Busta - a 3-6 6-2 7-6 (7-4) conqueror of Fabio Fognini.

Carreno Busta's fellow Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut was knocked out of the Swiss Open Gstaad by Joao Sousa, a 4-6 6-3 7-5 quarter-final winner.

Pablo Andujar and Albert Ramos Vinolas continue to fly the flag for Spain in Switzerland, though, and will meet at the semi-final stage following defeats of Dusan Lajovic and Roberto Carballes Baena respectively.

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