Master Murray?

Oct 15, 2011, 07:31 IST | AFP

Defending champ storms into semis; set for Shanghai Masters hat-trick

Defending champ storms into semis; set for Shanghai Masters hat-trick

Red-hot Andy Murray cruised into the semi-finals of the Shanghai Masters yesterday, staying on course for an Asian title treble while David Ferrer battled back from a set down to beat Andy Roddick.

Andy Murray in action during the Shanghai Masters. Pic/ Getty Images

Defending champion Murray, who cantered to a 6-3, 6-2 win against qualifier Matthew Ebden, pressurised the Australian's serve before going on a seven-game winning run from 2-3 in the first set.

Ebden slowed Murray's charge but the Scottish second seed, seeking his third straight title on the ATP tour, sealed the win with a second break after a fierce forehand. He hit 19 winners against 12 unforced errors. "I created loads of chances. I thought I played better in the second set... I hit the ball a bit better," said Murray, adding he could have been more clinical.

When asked about how he felt being the hot favourite to lift the title, he said: "There are still some very good players left in the tournament. So, I just need to keep concentrating on the guys that are in front of me." Next up for the Scot is Japan's 47th-ranked Kei Nishikori, who eased to a straightforward 6-4, 6-3 win over Ukrainian 12th seed Alexandr Dolgopolov.

Earlier, third seed Ferrer recovered from losing the first set to beat Andy Roddick 6-7 (5-7), 6-2, 7-6 (7-2) and set up an all-Spanish clash with Feliciano Lopez.

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