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Murray pulls out in Dubai as virus hits

SECOND seed Andy Murray pulled out of the Dubai Championships yesterday with a virus.

The Briton had been due to play a quarterfinal against Frenchman Richard Gasquet, who received a walkover.

"I got it the first time in Australia," Murray said of the illness. "I woke up in the middle of the night sweating. I got antibiotics from the doctor yesterday evening after the match and they obviously didn't help that much.

"I got up, had some breakfast and then slept again for three hours and then the guys woke me up and I wasn't feeling good."

Murray, whose participation in Britain's Davis Cup tie against Ukraine next week is now in doubt, said he had felt unwell between the sets of his second-round win over Arnaud Clement on Wednesday.

"I felt really weak, and when the adrenalin wore off I felt very cold, sort of shivery. Obviously I've caught something, my temperature's up, sore throat, sore head, my body's aching a little bit, so I need to take some time off."

Murray said he was uncertain if he would be fit enough to play in Britain's Europe/Africa zone group one tie in Glasgow next week.

Joining unseeded Gasquet in the semifinals are his compatriot and third seed Gilles Simon and fourth seed David Ferrer of Spain.

Simon beat another Frenchman Fabrice Santoro 7-6 (3), 6-1 while Ferrer pounded out a 7-5, 6-1 victory over sixth-seeded Russian Igor Andreev.

Top seed Novak Djokovic of Serbia was playing Croat fifth seed Marin Cilic in the last quarterfinal.

At Delray Beach, Florida, Belgium's Christophe Rochus reeled off 11 of the last 13 games to upset second-seeded American Sam Querrey 6-4, 6-1 in the second round of the Delray Beach International Championships on Wednesday.

Rochus, ranked 60th in the world, rallied after Querrey got off to a fast start to lead 3-1, producing five breaks of serve to close out the match in just 51 minutes.

In other second-round action, Austria's Stefan Koubek ousted eight-seed Lu Yen-hsun 6-4, 6-3, a day after the Chinese Taipei player had knocked out Australia's former champion Lleyton Hewitt.


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