Andy Murray maintained his perfect record at the Shanghai Masters Friday, battling back against unseeded Radek Stepanek to set up a mouthwatering Olympic rematch against Roger Federer in the semi-finals.
The US Open champion, chasing a hat-trick of titles here, was below par in losing the first set to the dangerous Czech, ranked 41, before finding his rhythm to win 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 in two hours and 18 minutes.
Federer eased past Croatian 10th seed Marin Cilic 6-3, 6-4 while second seed Novak Djokovic cantered to a 6-3, 6-3 win over German veteran Tommy Haas and will meet Tomas Berdych in a semi-final line-up featuring all four top seeds.The match-up between Murray and Federer comes after two high-profile duels in the space of just a few weeks.
The Swiss drew first blood, winning the Wimbledon crown in July but Murray demolished Federer to take Olympic gold.
Indians make semis
Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna may meet Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek in the summit clash of the Shanghai Masters, after reaching the semifinals of the elite ATP tournament.
Bhupathi and Bopanna, seeded seventh, shocked second seeds Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor 7-6(7), 6-4 in the quarter-finals.
Then, fourth seeded Paes and Stepanek got the better of unseeded combo of Canadian Raonic and Austrian Jurgen Melzer 7-5 6-7 (4) 10-5.