Tennis: Murray in Vienna final after Ferrer withdraws, Scot closes in on Djokovic's No. 1 rank

Andy Murray returns the ball to John Isner during their quarter final match at the ATP tennis tournament in Vienna on Oct 28, 2016.
Andy Murray returns the ball to John Isner during their quarter final match at the ATP tennis tournament in Vienna on Oct 28, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

PARIS (AFP) - Andy Murray qualified for the ATP Vienna Open tennis final on Saturday, when his semi-final opponent David Ferrer of Spain pulled out due to injury, organisers said.

The 2014 champion in the Austrian capital thereby took another step towards deposing Novak Djokovic as world No. 1.

The 29-year-old Scot will now meet either Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga or Croat Ivo Karlovic in Sunday's final.

Should Murray, who has won Olympic gold and the Wimbledon title already this year, win in Vienna as well as next week's Paris Masters, he could knock Djokovic off the world top spot - as long as the Serb does not reach the title match in the French capital.