10/13/12 5:32 PM | Kelli DeMario
Defending champion Andy Murray advanced to the championship final in Shanghai, having upended world No. 1 Roger Federer in straight sets. The Scot is through to take on world No. 2 Novak Djokovic in Sunday's title match.
Third seed Andy Murray made the last match at the Masters 1000 Shanghai by virtue of his straight-set success over top seed Roger Federer. The 25-year-old held nine of nine service games en route to a 6-4, 6-4 victory in 98 minutes.
After an early exchange of service breaks, Federer committed an uncharacteristic trio of double-faults at 2-2 in the opening set. Murray reached double set point at 5-4, closing as the Swiss erred on the return.
Murray held seven break points in game one of the second, but was unable to convert. The Scot broke to 3-2 on a well-struck service return winner. Following an extended rain delay late in the set, Murray served for the match at 5-4. Two match points came quickly for the third seed, who completed the semifinal on a final missed return from Federer.
"He didn't serve that well for him tonight, so I was able to be very aggressive on his second serve," Murray said. "He maybe slowed down his first serve a little bit, so I was able to take a few more chances. Obviously that helped. I went for it, like I did the past few times I played against him, and it worked tonight. When you're beating the best player of all time probably, it's obviously going to be special."
Murray, through to his seventh championship final of the season, ended the evening with 24 winners and three of 11 break points converted.
He is slated to meet world No. 2 Novak Djokovic for the title. Djokovic dismissed fourth seed Tomas Berdych in the semifinals, 6-3, 6-4.
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