Andy Murray has set up a semi-final clash against Milos Raonic after beating Stan Wawrinka to top Group John McEnroe at the ATP World Tour Finals.
The 29-year-old beat the Swiss ace 6-4 6-2 to match Novak Djokovic’s record of winning all three of his matches at the season-ending event and to ensure he avoided the Serb in the semi-finals.
There was plenty on the line for Murray, who faced losing his world No. 1 ranking if he didn’t reach the semi-finals.
Just a set would see him into the last four, while a win would guarantee top spot and the avoidance of Novak Djokovic in the next round.
It was quite an incredible situation to be in, considering the Scot had won his opening two matches, but if he didn’t win a set, he would rely on Marin Cilic to beat Kei Nishikori in the evening match to go through.
Wawrinka made a blistering start to the match, hitting 12 winners in the first three games but Murray kept with him in the opening exchanges.
A quick start to the second set saw him break Wawrinka twice, with the Swiss smashing his racquet in frustration at the second break, and a confident Murray went on to finish top of his group.
He will now face big-serving Raonic, who became the first Canadian singles player to make it past the Round Robin stage and into the last four, on Saturday.
The result also secured Wawrinka’s exit from the tournament and Nishikori will face Djokovic in the other semi-final, regardless of his result against Cilic.
Earlier, Murray’s brother Jamie and his partner Bruno Soares were guaranteed to end the year at world No. 1 after Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut lost their third and final match at the O2.