World Tennis Championship: Andy Murray beats Feliciano Lopez

Andy Murray
Murray is using the tournament as preparation for the Australian Open

Andy Murray beat Spaniard Feliciano Lopez 7-6 (7-1) 5-7 6-4 in the opening match of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi.

The Scot won on his fifth match point and faces world number three Rafael Nadal in the semi-final on Friday.

Murray, 27, said: "Lopez had break points and I had a lot of match points so I'm happy just to get through."

The six-man exhibition event is the unofficial season opener and Novak Djokovic is also taking part.

Nadal and world number one Djokovic receive byes into the last four as the top-ranked players.

The 2014 Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka plays Spaniard Nicolas Almagro in the other opening-round match on Thursday.

Murray is using the event as part of his build up to the Australian Open that takes place in Melbourne from 19 January to 1 February.

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