Federer, Djokovic, Murray and Berdych reach semifinals in Shanghai
October 12, 2012 · Print This Article
Shanghai Rolex Masters—China
Top seed Roger Federer poured in a master class performance in Shanghai on Friday, defeating lanky Croatian Marin Cilic 6-3, 6-4. Pounding nine aces past his opponent, Federer lost his serve at 5-3 in the second set, but managed to break Cilic in the ensuing game to improve to 4-0 in career meetings.
Ensuring that he will remain No. 1 in the world after the event by reaching at least the quarterfinals this week, Federer will next face Andy Murray, who overcame Radek Stepanek 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.
Not playing his best tennis this week but still competing well, Murray dropped five aces, won 76 percent of his first serve points, and broke Stepanek on four occasions.
Murray and Federer have met on three previous occasions in 2012, with the top seed winning two out of three meetings.
Elsewhere, No. 2 seed Novak Djokovic was stellar in defeating Tommy Haas 6-3, 6-3 and No. 4 seed Tomas Berdych was equally as impressive during his 6-3, 7-6(4) win over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
Djokovic has dominated his career head-to-head against Berdych at 9-1 and last lost to the powerful Czech in 2010 at Wimbledon.
The Serb will be aiming to win his fifth title of the year this week, while Berdych will be going for his second.