Andy Murray has reached the final of the Shanghai Masters by beating Roger Federer in straight sets as the Briton continues his quest to retain his 2011 title.
It was a fairly straightforward victory for the Olympic and US Open champion to continue what has been a fantastic year for the 25-year-old, as he beat the Swiss star 6-4, 6-4 to progress to tomorrow’s final, where he will face Novak Djokovic.
Murray took the initiative from the off, breaking in the first game of the match but could not hold his opening service game as the Swiss drew level.
But an uncharacteristically poor fifth game from Federer saw the 31-year-old serve three consecutive double faults to gift Murray another advantage and this time the Scot wouldn’t squander it, as he won his fourth set in a row against the world number one following his straight sets win at London 2012 in August.
It was all-square after the first four games of the second set, despite uncertainty over whether the roof would be closed as the rain began to fall. But it was Murray who again took the initiative to go 3-2 up, clawing his way back from 40-0 to rattle Federer.
At 5-4 up, Murray could have been knocked out of his stride as this time the players were ordered off as the roof was closed, but he arrived back on court with no intention of letting his advantage slide and polished off the final game to set up tomorrow’s meeting with world number two Djokovic.
Earlier today, Britain’s Heather Watson reached the final of the Japan Open, where she will face Kai-Chen Chang of Chinese Taipei tomorrow.