Murray Sets Shanghai Semi With Djokovic
No. 3 seed advances to semi-finals
Andy Murray remains in the hunt for his third ATP Masters 1000 title of 2015 after defeating Tomas Berdych 6-1, 6-3 in the quarter-finals of the Shanghai Rolex Masters on Friday. In the next round, Murray will attempt to upend World No. 1 Novak Djokovic, who defeated him at the same stage in Indian Wells and Roland Garros earlier this year.
On Friday, the Brit overwhelmed the fifth-seeded Czech in 79 minutes. Berdych held in the opening game of the match, but dropped the next nine games to Murray. Berdych enjoyed success at the net (10 of 12), but an in-form Murray dictated play from the baseline and was able to keep the 30 year old from making inroads.
“I played very well,” said Murray. “[I] dictated pretty much all of the points. It's obviously not easy against someone like Tomas who hits the ball big and serves big.
“But I got a good read on his serve and I served well myself. I was able to get into almost every one of his service games and made it very difficult especially after the beginning of the match for him to win games,” added Murray.
The two-time Shanghai champion (2010-11) finished with 25 winners and 14 unforced errors, while his opponent hit 16 winners to 30 unforced errors. Murray landed 64 per cent of first serves and saved all three break points faced, while Berdych dropped serve four times on eight break chances against.
With the win, the 28 year old improved to 64-10 on the year and moved ahead 7-6 in the pair’s Fedex ATP Head2Head rivalry and reached his 11th tour-level semi-final of the 2015 season. Overall, Murray trails 9-19 in the rivalry against Djokovic, but did come out on top in the pair’s last meeting in the final of Montreal to claim his 35th tour-level title.
“I'm aware it's going to be an extremely difficult match,” said Murray. “He's played very, very well for the whole year. It was important that I got a quick match tonight because it's late. I'll get well recovered, get a nice, long sleep and play a good match tomorrow, but it's going to be a tough match for sure.”