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29 Lucie Safarova 7-6 (6), 7-5 in a match featuring just one service break.
Verdasco had the service break until the Spaniard was broken by Murray in the sixth and then the eighth games to take the first set.
The pressure, though, was beginning to tell as an unlikely run of five consecutive service breaks in the third set was con-firmed with a double fault by Ferrer, giving Murray the opportunity to tie the set at 5-5, which he did to love.
There was a total of six service breaks in the two-set match.
There were eight service breaks in total but Jamie felt that was down to the quality of their opponents' returns.
Stosur's hope to capitalise on a series of service breaks in the deciding set failed, as Clijsters beat her to set up a semi-final clash against former world No.
Serbia s Djokovic, making his first appearance since he suffered indigestion in his quarter-final loss at the Australian Open to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, wrapped up the first set in 32 minutes with two service breaks.
Service breaks in the opening games of each set paved the way for the Scot, who could move up to second in the rankings, ahead of Raphael Nadal, if the Spaniard loses tomorrow and Murray makes the last four.
Service breaks in the opening games of each set paved the way for the Scot to register his first win of the hard court season.
He saved two break points to open his account in the third game, but Nadal stepped on the accelerator, reeling off four games in a row with two more service breaks to take the set 6-1.
Thacher and Ismail, who trains at the Weil Academy in Ojai, traded service breaks to force the tiebreaker, which Thacher gained command of by winning the firstthree points.
After another exchange of service breaks in the in the sixth and seventh games, Willcox secured a further break in the ninth game to leave himself with the task of serving out for the Championship.