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Tennis: Murray sets up revenge chance against Federer

Reuters , Saturday 22 Aug 2015
Andy Murray
Aug 21, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Andy Murray (GBR) returns a shot against Richard Gasquet (not pictured) in the quarterfinals during the Western and Southern Open tennis tournament at the Linder Family Tennis Center. Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Reuters)
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Roger Federer and Andy Murray advanced to the semi-finals of the Western & Southern Open in contrasting fashion on Friday to set up a rematch of their Wimbledon clash.

Federer made quick work of Spaniard Feliciano Lopez in a 6-3 6-4 quarter-final romp that lasted just over an hour.

Murray needed to grind out another win against Richard Gasquet, outlasting the Frenchman 4-6 6-1 6-4 after two hours.

Third seed Murray saved a match point in the third set and fought fatigue to win his second straight three-set battle.

“I fought and gave everything I had, but thankfully it’s just been enough in the last two days,” Murray, who lost to Federer in straight sets in the Wimbledon semi-finals, told reporters.

Earlier, top seed Novak Djokovic avenged his French Open final loss to Stan Wawrinka by crushing the Swiss 6-4 6-1.

Djokovic, now two wins away from becoming the first player to win all nine ATP Masters titles, needed a mere 63 minutes to dispatch fifth seed Wawrinka in the first meeting between the players since Roland Garros.

Wawrinka denied Djokovic a chance to complete a career grand slam in Paris but was wayward in Cincinnati, finishing with 33 unforced errors and pushing a backhand wide on match point.

Djokovic, a four-times runner-up in Cincinnati, broke Wawrinka's serve four times and dropped just 12 points on serve in his final tune-up event ahead of the U.S. Open which starts Aug. 31.

“(My performance) came at the right time against one of my biggest rivals and the guy I lost to last time we played in the finals of the French Open," Djokovic said.

"Obviously I approached this match very seriously in trying to prepare myself and get myself in a good position to win."

The world number one next faces Ukrainian qualifier Alexandr

Dolgopolov, a 6-4 6-2 winner over Czech sixth seed Tomas Berdych.

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