|Posted on October 16, 2015 at 6:05 AM|
Tomas Berdych reacts again Andy Murray in their quarter-final match of the men's singles during the 2015 Shanghai Rolex Masters tennis tournament in Shanghai, China, 16 October 2015.
Murray Sets Shanghai Semi With Djokovic
ATP Staff | 16 October 2015
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.