Andy Murray semis-bound once again

Updated: January 25, 2012, 6:53 AM ET
By Ravi Ubha | ESPN.com

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Don't let the score fool you. Andy Murray needed to work hard to beat Kei Nishikori at the Australian Open.

Harder than he should have.

Murray put in a ragged, labored performance Wednesday against an opponent who had played 14 sets in his previous three matches in Melbourne. His first-serve percentage was under 50, he was plus-four in the winners-to-unforced-errors count through two sets, and he allowed the entertaining Japanese baseliner to do too much of ...

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