Federer in Shanghai final
World number three Roger Federer beat Novak Djokovic 7-5 6-4 on Saturday to set up a mouthwatering Shanghai Masters final against a resurgent Andy Murray.sports Updated: Oct 16, 2010 23:41 IST
World number three Roger Federer beat Novak Djokovic 7-5 6-4 on Saturday to set up a mouthwatering Shanghai Masters final against a resurgent Andy Murray.
Serbian second seed Djokovic had hoped to secure his second title of the week after winning the China Open on Monday but squandered four break points in the first set against the Swiss.
Federer, 29, has faced Murray twice this year, beating him in the final of the Australian Open but losing out to the Briton for the Toronto Masters title in August.
"I do really enjoy playing Roger and wouldn't mind playing him. It's a great experience every time," Murray told reporters after his 6-4 6-1 win over Argentine Juan Monaco.
"When I played him in the Toronto final, I was a lot more aggressive and didn't give him many chances to dictate the points, especially on my serve.
That's something that I need to do against him if I want to beat him," he added.
Murray, recovered from a recent illness, has yet drop a set in the tournament.
Several times, he drew Monaco to the net before launching booming backhands or lobs towards the exposed baseline, even breaking his racket strings after one return to foil the stunned Argentine.
Crowd-favourite Murray took one hour 25 minutes to see off his former training partner, sealing the match with an ace.
First Published: Oct 16, 2010 00:37 IST