Press Esc to close
Friday 19 September 2014
News updated at 8:59 PM IST
Weather
Max: 27.8°C
Min : 20.1°C
In Bangalore
Sunny day

Murray in title round

Shanghai:Oct 14, 2012 Agencies

Briton ousts Federer; Hesh-Bopanna in final

IN TOP FORM: Britainís Andy Murray celebrates his semifinal win over Roger Federer in Shanghai Masters on Saturday. AFP

 Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic cruised through their semifinals at the Shanghai Masters on Saturday to set up a repeat of their memorable US Open final last month.
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 semifinal 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, capitalising 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 semifinals 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."

Hesh-Bopanna advance


Indian duo of Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna has set up a summit clash with Leander Paes and his Czech partner Radek Stepanek.

The seventh seeded Indian combo reached their second ATP World Tour Masters final of the season after beating British pair of Colin Fleming and Ross Hutchins 6-7(4), 6-3, 10-8. The fourth seeded Indo-Czech duo outplayed Marin Cilic of Croatia and Brazil’s Marcelo Melo 6-0, 6-2 in just 57 minutes.

Chang stuns Stosur


World No 134 Chang Kai-Chen stunned top seed Sam Stosur of Australia in the semifinal of the Japan Open in Osaka on Saturday. Taiwan’s Chang overcame six double faults and hit four aces to beat the world No 9 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (7-3) in their first-ever encounter.
Chang will play Britain’s Heather Watson in the final after the latter overpowered Japanese Misaki Doi 7-6 (7-2), 7-5 in the first semifinal.

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Bollywood actor Farhan Akhtar at the launch of Coca Cola Zero in New Delhi ...

Bollywood actor Farhan Akhtar at the launch of Coca Cola Zero in New Delhi ...

Sadananda Gowda releasing the logo for a special cleanliness campaign of SCR at Rail Nlayam ...

Sadananda Gowda releasing the logo for a special cleanliness campaign of SCR at Rail Nlayam ...

Manmohan Singh greets Chinese President Xi Jinping as Sonia Gandhi looks on ...

Manmohan Singh greets Chinese President Xi Jinping as Sonia Gandhi looks on ...

Indian flagbearer Sardar Singh carries the national flag to lead the contingent into Incheon ...

Indian flagbearer Sardar Singh carries the national flag to lead the contingent into Incheon ...

Asian Games torch arrive at main stadium for opening ceremony of the 17th Asian Games ...

Asian Games torch arrive at main stadium for opening ceremony of the 17th Asian Games ...

Artists perform during the opening ceremony for the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea ...

Artists perform during the opening ceremony for the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea ...

Omar Abdullah inaugurates a reconstructed bridge which was washed away by floods at Gundoora ...

Omar Abdullah inaugurates a reconstructed bridge which was washed away by floods at Gundoora ...

Students take part in a rally aganist the alleged molestation of Jadavpur University female ...

Students take part in a rally aganist the alleged molestation of Jadavpur University female ...

Kashmiri Sikh people preparing food for the flood victims at a relief camp ...

Kashmiri Sikh people preparing food for the flood victims at a relief camp ...

A ballot box is emptied as workers prepare to count ballots at a counting centre in Aberdeen...

A ballot box is emptied as workers prepare to count ballots at a counting centre in Aberdeen...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bangalore - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523