Result: Andy Murray saves seven match points to overcome Philipp Kohlschreiber

Andy Murray in action at the US Open on August 30, 2016
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World number one Andy Murray overcomes Philipp Kohlschreiber in three sets to book his place in the semi-finals of the Dubai Championships.

Andy Murray was made to work hard for his place in the semi-finals of the Dubai Championships after saving seven match points before battling past Philipp Kohlschreiber.

The world number one took 31 minutes to overcome his opponent in the second set and then pushed on to claim a 6-7(4) 7-6(18) 6-1 victory in the Middle East.

Both men held serve in an opener that set the tone for what was to follow, with Kohlschreiber taking five points on the spin in the tie-break to open up a lead in the match.

Then came the lengthy second set, which provided the longest tie-break on the men's tour since the 2007 Australian Open.

Murray incredibly levelled up the contest with his eighth set point, edging it 20-18, and a more straightforward decider followed for the Scotsman as he held his serve to pave the way for a meeting with either Evgeny Donskoy or Lucas Pouille in the last four.

Andy Murray in action at the US Open on August 30, 2016
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1Scotland flag Andy Murray12,040
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3Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka5,195
4Canada Milos Raonic5,080
5Japan Kei Nishikori4,730
6Spain Rafael Nadal4,415
7Croatia Marin Cilic3,590
8France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga3,480
9Austria Dominic Thiem3,375
10Switzerland Roger Federer3,305
11France Gael Monfils3,280
12Belgium David Goffin3,245
13Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov2,925
14Czech Republic Tomas Berdych2,835
15Lucas Pouille2,421
16Australia Nick Kyrgios2,255
17Spain Roberto Bautista Agut2,190
18United States Jack Sock2,060
19France Richard Gasquet1,920
20Alexander Zverev1,895