ATP Finals: Jamie Murray & Bruno Soares beat Lukasz Kubot & Marcelo Melo to reach semis

Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares

Britain’s Jamie Murray and Brazil’s Bruno Soares made it through to the semi-finals with victory over top seeds Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo at the ATP Finals in London.

Fourth seeds Murray and Soares knew that only a win would do against a pair who had already qualified, and they prevailed 6-2 6-4 in 73 minutes.

They will play Henri Kontinen and John Peers at 18:00 GMT on Saturday.

Earlier, Kubot and Melo will face Ryan Harrison and Michael Venus at 14:00.

Murray had felt a slight back issue in his previous match, but there was no sign of it as he and Soares raced into a 5-0 lead and had three points for a love set, only to let a 40-0 lead slip.

Any glimmer of resistance was snuffed out when Brazilian Melo netted a volley to drop serve, and with it the set, in game eight.

An early break in the second set was handed back by a Murray double fault, and a 3-0 lead threatened to turn into a deficit when they faced three break points at 3-3.

Murray held firm, however, clenching his fist after saving the third with a smash, and a loose Melo service game saw the contest end when Poland’s Kubot sent a volley over the baseline.

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Goffin thrashes Thiem to reach ATP Finals semis

David Goffin

ATP Finals
Venue: The 02 Arena, London Dates: 12-19 November
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Belgian seventh seed David Goffin completed the semi-final line-up at the ATP Finals with victory over Austrian fourth seed Dominic Thiem in London.

Goffin won 6-4 6-1 to secure second place in the Pete Sampras Group and set up a semi-final against Roger Federer at 14:00 GMT on Saturday.

Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov will face American Jack Sock in Saturday’s other last-four contest at 20:00.

More to follow.

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Amazon will broadcast men's elite tennis from 2019 to show 37 ATP Tour events

Roger Federer

A deal with Amazon to broadcast the main tournaments in men’s tennis only on the internet from 2019 will be “one of the most successful this decade”.

Chris Kermode, the president of the ATP, made the claim after confirming a four-year deal that will see online channel Amazon Prime replace Sky.

The deal will cover 37 ATP Tour events, including nine Masters tournaments.

That excludes the grand slams and the ATP Finals, but it has been reported