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Murray beats Wawrinka, advances to semifinals at ATP finals

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Andy Murray of Britain reacts during his ATP World Tour Finals singles tennis match against Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland at the O2 Arena in London, Friday, Nov. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)


LONDON -- Andy Murray qualified for the semifinals of the ATP finals on Friday by beating Stan Wawrinka 6-4, 6-2.

Murray, who needs to do better than Novak Djokovic this weekend to finish the season as the top-ranked player, broke Wawrinka late in the first set and twice at the start of the second.

Murray took over the No. 1 ranking at the Paris Masters this month, but Djokovic can still overtake him if the second-ranked Serb does better at the season-ending tournament. Djokovic has already qualified for the semifinals.

Murray will next face Milos Raonic on Saturday, while Djokovic meets Kei Nishikori.

In Friday’s late match, Nishikori will play Marin Cilic, but the result won’t affect the semifinals.