Ferrer outclasses Murray

Ferrer outclasses Murray

Ferrer outclasses Murray

Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer notched up contrasting victories to reach the Shanghai Masters quarterfinals on Thursday while David Ferrer fought back from a set down to knock out Andy Murray.

World number one Djokovic laboured to a 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 victory over plucky Kazakh Mikhail Kukushkin who matched the Serb shot for shot for most of the match before being overpowered in the third set.

Two-time champion Djo-kovic broke Kukushkin for a 5-3 lead before closing out the first set but the Kazakh roared back into contention to stretch the contest to a decider.

Ferrer overcame Murray 2-6, 6-1, 6-2 earlier on Thursday and the Spaniard will now replace the Briton in ninth spot in the race for the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals in London. There are five berths still up for grabs in the eight-man tournament.

Murray had little trouble in the first set and looked poised for a quarter-finals berth, but Ferrer staged a brilliant comeback, breaking the Briton twice to take the second and level the match.

There was no let up in the final set either as the Spaniard raced to a 5-2 lead and raised his arms in celebration when twice champion Murray buried a return into the net.

Fognini fined

World number 17 Fabio Fognini was fined $2,000 for making an obscene gesture to fans following his embarrassing exit from the Shanghai Masters, a tennis official said Thursday.

The Italian raised his middle finger to spectators as he trudged off court after crashing to 553rd-ranked Wang Chuhan 7-6(7/5), 6-4 on Tuesday.He also appeared to shove the Chinese wildcard at the net after the pair shook hands following their first-round match.

Results (third round, prefix denotes seedings): Singles: 5-David Ferrer (ESP) bt 11-Andy Murray (Bri) 2-6, 6-1, 6-2; Julien Benneteau (Fra) bt Jack Sock (US) 6-3, 6-4; Gilles Simon (Fra) bt Malek Jaziri (Tun) 6-2,  6-3; 6-Tomas Berdych (Cze) bt Ivo Karlovic (Cro) 6-3, 6-4. Feliciano Lopez (ESP) bt 13-John Isner (US) 6-3, 6-4; Mikhail Youzhny (Rus) bt Juan Monaco (Arg) 5-7, 6-3, 6-2; 1-Novak Djokovic (Serb) bt Mikhail Kukushkin 6-3, 4-6, 6-4. 3-Roger Federer (Swi) bt 14-Roberto Bautista (ESP) 6-4, 6-4.