Andy Murray
Andy Murray seeking back to back titles in China. Getty

Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic meet for the 22nd time in the semi-finals of the China Open in Beijing.

Where to Watch:

The first semi-final begins at 06:30 (BST) with LIVE coverage available on Sky Sports 3 on Saturday morning.


Murray's quest to finish in the top eight of the ATP Rankings and ensure his participation in November's Finals at the O2 Arena in London has been given a healthy boost with impressive progression in Beijing.

The Scot needed just one hour and 38 minutes to see off the challenge of Croatia's Marin Cilic on Friday having made light work of Pablo Cuevas in Thursday's second round win.

After recording his first tournament victory in 15 months last week at the Shenzhen Open, Murray is seeking back to back titles that will ensure a place in the top eight, having begun the week in 10th.

World no. 1 Djokovic meanwhile is seeking his fifth China Open title but was made to work for his place in Saturday's semi-final having survived six break points against Grigor Dimitrov. The Serb defeated Murray in four sets at the US Open last month having also beaten the British number one in their quarter final meeting in Miami earlier this year.


Murray 8-13 Djokovic

What They Said:

Andy Murray: "It's always difficult against Novak. His form here, he's never lost, which is very impressive. I'm aware it's going to be an extremely difficult match tomorrow. But it will be very good for me to get that match and see if I can make some improvements from the US Open.

"If I play like I did at the US Open I'll definitely give myself an opportunity in the match. It's going to be a good test and I look forward to it."

Novak Djokovic: "Andy just won last week the [Shenzhen] tournament, [he's on a] seven-match winning match streak.

"I've seen a little bit of his matches this week. He's hitting the ball very well. Every time I play him, it's a huge challenge. It's a very physical match. A lot of long rallies, exchanges. I do not expect anything less than that tomorrow."