Tennis: Djokovic and Murray into Shanghai final

Reuters, Saturday 13 Oct 2012

Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic cruised through their semi-finals at the Shanghai Masters on Saturday to set up a repeat of their memorable U.S. Open final last month

Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic of Serbia wipes his face in the men's singles semifinal match at the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament at Qizhong Forest Sports City Tennis Center in Shanghai, China, Saturday Oct. 13, 2012. Djokovic won 6-3, 6-4 (Photo: AP)

Murray, bidding for a hat-trick of titles in Shanghai, overpowered world number one Roger Federer 6-4 6-4 after Djokovic dispatched Tomas Berdych for the loss of one less game.

Federer, who conceded a crucial break of serve in the first set after serving three double-faults, was given a reprieve by a rain delay when Murray reached 5-4 in the second set but he could not fend off the inevitable on the resumption.

Murray will be looking for a third consecutive victory over Djokovic after beating the Serbian world number two in the Olympic semi-final and then in their Flushing Meadows showdown.

Djokovic was equally impressive against hard-hitting Czech Berdych. He roared into a 5-1 lead in the first set before Berdych made a match of it.

He was again dominant in the second set, capitalizing on an early break to lead 4-2 before eventually serving out to sail into his first Shanghai final.

"Obviously it's a big challenge when you play a top 10 player," said Djokovic, who lost back-to-back Shanghai semi-finals in 2009 and 2010.

"Tomas is in great form the past couple of months. He's always a difficult player to play against on any surface because he has a very powerful serve and great forehand.

"I played tactically right. I was putting a lot of returns into the court, putting a lot of pressure on his serve. On the other hand, I was serving well when I needed to."

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