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Murray sets up revenge chance against Fed

2015-08-22 09:26
Andy Murray (AFP)

Cincinnati - Roger Federer and Andy Murray advanced to the semi-finals of the Western & Southern Open in contrasting fashion on Friday to set up a rematch of their Wimbledon clash.

Federer made quick work of Spaniard Feliciano Lopez in a 6-3 6-4 quarter-final romp that lasted just over an hour.

Murray needed to grind out another win against Richard Gasquet, outlasting the Frenchman 4-6 6-1 6-4 after two hours.

Third seed Murray saved a match point in the third set and fought fatigue to win his second straight three-set battle.

"I fought and gave everything I had, but thankfully it's just been enough in the last two days," Murray, who lost to Federer in straight sets in the Wimbledon semi-finals, told reporters.

Earlier, top seed Novak Djokovic avenged his French Open final loss to Stan Wawrinka by crushing the Swiss 6-4 6-1.

Djokovic, now two wins away from becoming the first player to win all nine ATP Masters titles, needed a mere 63 minutes to dispatch fifth seed Wawrinka in the first meeting between the players since Roland Garros.

Wawrinka denied Djokovic a chance to complete a career grand slam in Paris but was wayward in Cincinnati, finishing with 33 unforced errors and pushing a backhand wide on match point.

Djokovic, a four-times runner-up in Cincinnati, broke Wawrinka's serve four times and dropped just 12 points on serve in his final tune-up event ahead of the US Open which starts August 31.

"(My performance) came at the right time against one of my biggest rivals and the guy I lost to last time we played in the finals of the French Open," Djokovic said.

"Obviously I approached this match very seriously in trying to prepare myself and get myself in a good position to win."

The world number one next faces Ukrainian qualifier Alexandr Dolgopolov, a 6-4 6-2 winner over Czech sixth seed Tomas Berdych.

Results on the sixth day of the ATP and WTA Cincinnati Masters on Friday (x denotes seeded player):



Novak Djokovic (SRB x1) bt Stan Wawrinka (SUI x5) 6-4, 6-1

Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) bt Tomas Berdych (CZE x6) 6-4, 6-2

Andy Murray (GBR x3) bt Richard Gasquet (FRA x12) 4-6, 6-1, 6-4

Roger Federer (SUI x2) bt Feliciano Lopez (ESP) 6-3, 6-4



Serena Williams (USA x1) bt Ana Ivanovic (SRB x6) 3-6, 6-4, 6-2

Elina Svitolina (UKR x14) bt Lucie Safarova (CZE x7) 6-4, 2-6, 6-0

Simona Halep (ROM x3) bt Anna Schmiedlova (SVK) 7-6 (7/3), 6-2

Jelena Jankovic (SRB) bt Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 6-4, 6-2


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