ROTTERDAM, Netherlands — Gilles Simon secured his first win over top-seeded Andy Murray in nearly eight years to set up a semifinal with defending champion Tomas Berdych at the World Tennis Tournament on Friday.
In the other semifinal, second-seeded Milos Raonic of Canada will face 2013 Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland after both won their quarterfinals.
Since Simon’s previous win over Murray in 2007 on clay at the Rome Masters, the Frenchman had lost 12 matches against the former Wimbledon champion.
Simon saved four of the six break points he faced, and capitalized on Murray’s unforced errors to win 6-4, 6-2 on his third match point.
Earlier, Berdych escaped unscathed from a heavy fall and romped to a 6-1, 6-4 victory over another Frenchman, Gael Monfils. The Czech hit a flurry of baseline winners and served extremely well, winning 88 percent of the points on his first serve.
The third-seeded Berdych needed just 23 minutes to seal the first set, and broke for 2-1 in the second soon after calling the trainer to have his left wrist checked following his tumble when chasing a drop shot.
YOUNG WINS IN QUARTERFINALS: In Memphis, Tennessee, Donald Young needed three sets to beat Bernard Tomic of Australia 7-6 (8), 4-6, 7-5 Friday in the quarterfinals of the Memphis Open.
Young, among five Americans in the quarterfinals at The Racquet Club, struggled with four double-faults in the second set. He bounced back by saving three of four break points in the third set to advance to the semifinals in Memphis for the first time.
Young improved to 6-2 this year. He will play No. 2 seed Kevin Anderson of South Africa.
SEMIFINAL ROUND SET: In Antwerp, Belgium, fifth-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain and eighth-seeded Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic set up a semifinal meeting by winning their matches Friday.
Suarez Navarro saved 10 break points in a 6-3, 6-2 quarterfinal win against former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone of Italy.
Pliskova defeated fourth-seeded countrywoman Lucie Safarova 7-6 (5), 6-3.
In Friday’s later quarterfinals, third-seeded Andrea Petkovic of Germany was playing No. 6 Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia, and Germany’s Mona Barthel took on Czech player Barbora Zahlavova Strycova.
ERAKOVIC SURVIVES THREE MATCH POINTS: In Pattaya, Thailand, Marina Erakovic of New Zealand staved off three match points to beat two-time former champion Vera Zvonareva of Russia 2-6, 7-6 (6), 7-5 in the quarterfinals.
The unseeded Erakovic was persistent and smart from 6-2, 2-0 down, also limiting her unforced errors. She saved a match point in the second-set tiebreaker at 6-5 by unleashing a deep forehand that forced Zvonareva to make a mistake.
In the final set, Zvonareva led 5-3, forcing Erakovic to save two more match points as she won five consecutive games to beat the Russian, a former world No. 2 who received a wild card entry, a second time.
In the Kiwi’s first semifinal since August, she will face another two-time Pattaya champ, Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia, who beat Duan Ying-ying of China 6-3, 6-0.