Federer sets up semifinal clash with Murray at Shanghai Masters

first_imgBritain’s Andy Murray booked his place in the semifinals of the $3.5 million Shanghai Masters here on Friday with a come-from-behind win over Czech player Radek Stepanek. Third seed and reigning champion Murray will now face World No.1 Roger Federer in the final four after beating Stepanek 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.Federer beat Croatia’s Marin Cilic 6-3, 6-4 in one hour and 22 minutes in the last singles quarterfinal of the day. The other semifinal will pit the Czech Republic’s Tomas Berdych against second seed Novak Djokovic.Berdych beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France in straight sets earlier in the day while Djokovic completed a straight-sets win over German veteran Tommy Haas in their quarterfinal encounter. The Serbian star won 6-3, 6-3, wobbling only at the start of the second set when Haas, ranked 21 in the world, managed to take a 2-0 lead.On Thursday, Swiss world No. 1 Roger Federer had amnaged to stutter past compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka to reach the quarterfinals, keeping his top ranking for an all-time record of 300th week in the process. Federer, 31, dropped the first set before surging back in the second to crush the 13th seed in the decider for a 4-6, 7-6(4), 6-0 win.Bhupathi-Bopanna advanceIn doubles, the Indian pair of Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna reached their fifth ATP World Tour Masters 1000 semifinals of the season. The seventh seeds saved all five break points they faced to defeat second seeds Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor 7-6(7), 6-4 in one hour and 24 minutes.Currently ranked No.8 in the ATP Doubles Team Rankings, they will next play No.11-ranked Britons Colin Fleming and Ross Hutchins in the semis. Fleming and Hutchins saved two match points at 8-9 and 9-10 in the match tie-break to beat sixth seeds Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi and Jean-Julien Rojer 7-6(2), 4-6, 12-10 in two hours and 14 minutes.advertisementlast_img

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