Murray loses season opener

Updated: December 27, 2012

US Open champion Andy Murray opened up his season with a loss against Janko Tipsarevic, going down 6-3,6-4 at the Mubadala World Tennis Championships in Abu Dhabi.

Tipsarevic, the world No 9, will now face Spain’s Nicolas Almagro, who replaced Rafael Nadal in the three-day exhibition tournament, in Friday’s semifinals.

David Ferrer also reached the semifinals with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic.

Ferrer will tackle world No 1 Novak Djokovic on Friday for a place in Saturday’s final.