Isner no match for Murray in Austria

Andy Murray sailed into the Erste Bank Open semi-finals on Friday with a dominant 6-1, 6-3 victory over John Isner.

American Isner looked in decent nick heading into the match, while Murray's form had seemed a bit patchy, but the contest turned out to be surprisingly one-sided in the Scot's favour.

Isner saved two break points in his first service game of the match, but Murray continued to pile on the pressure and would claim three successive breaks from there to race through the first set in just 29 minutes.

Another break followed in the second game of the second set, and though Isner came close to returning the favour in the fifth game, Murray was able to save all three break points against him before cruising to victory in just 76 minutes, winning his final game to love.

jo-wilfried tsonga

Next up for the Wimbledon champ is fifth-seeded Spaniard David Ferrer, who was a 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 winner over Viktor Troicki.

The other semi-final will see Jo-Wilfried Tsonga take on big-serving Ivo Karlovic.

Frenchman Tsonga dispatched Albert Ramos 6-2, 7-6 (7-5), while Karlovic battled back from a set down to defeat Karen Khachanov 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (7-5), 6-3.