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Murray subdues Ferrer to continue British charge

Andy Murray will play the winner of the last quarterfinal between Milos Raonic and Gael Monfils.

Andy Murray of the United Kingdom celebrates his win over David Ferrer of Spain in a quarterfinal match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne. Picture: EPA/Joe Castro.

MELBOURNE - Britain's Andy Murray overcame David Ferrer 6-3 6-7(5) 6-2 6-3 in a titanic quarterfinal tussle to reach the last four of the Australian Open for the sixth time on Wednesday.

With compatriot Johanna Konta having reached the last four in the women's draw earlier on Wednesday, Britain has two representatives in the semifinals of a grand slam for the first time since 1977.

The world number two was forced to scrap for almost every point but finally subdued the indefatigable Spanish eighth seed after three hours and 20 minutes of grueling baseline tennis on Rod Laver Arena.

Murray will play the winner of the last quarterfinal between Milos Raonic and Gael Monfils as he bids to reach a fifth Australian Open final.