Federer to face Murray for Shanghai crown

Roger Federer of Switzerland hits a shot during his semi-final match against Novak Djokovic of...

Roger Federer of Switzerland hits a shot during his semi-final match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia at the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament, October 16, 2010. REUTERS/Aly Song

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Roger Federer topped Novak Djokovic in the marquee semifinal at the Shanghai Masters and will face Andy Murray for the title on Sunday.

Federer notched a 7-5, 6-4 victory over Djokovic after Murray had dispatched Juan Monaco in the first semifinal of the day, 6-4, 6-1. Three of the top four players in the world reached the semis, as only top-ranked Rafael Nadal failed to make it. The super Spaniard was beaten by Austria's Jurgen Melzer in the third round.

Djokovic had supplanted Federer as the world's second-ranked player after his thrilling five-set win over the Swiss star in the U.S. Open semifinals, but the two will again swap places Monday after Federer's win on Saturday.

Federer gained a break of serve for a 6-5 lead in the first set and held serve in the next game to win it. He also broke twice early in the second set to open a 4-1 lead. Djokovic, though, broke back and held to pull within 4-3, but was unable to dent Federer's serve again.

Djokovic, coming off a title Monday in the rain-delayed China Open, fell to 6-11 all-time against Federer, who will play in his sixth final of 2010. He won the Australian Open and the Cincinnati Masters, but lost in title matches at Madrid, Halle and Toronto.

Federer will be gunning for his 64th career ATP singles crown in his 91st final.

Murray, meanwhile, will play in his 24th career final and will be trying for his 16th title. He beat Federer in the final at the U.S. Open tuneup in Toronto for his lone crown of 2010 and was also the 16-time Grand Slam champ's victim in the Aussie Open final while also losing to Sam Querrey in the Los Angeles final in August.

The fourth-ranked Scotsman is 7-5 all-time against Federer, and the 7-5, 7-5 triumph in Toronto this summer stopped a three-match losing streak in the series.

Murray had little trouble on Saturday against Monaco, finishing off the Argentine in just 85 minutes. The return game was stellar for Murray, who connected on just 49 percent of his own first serves, but won 52 percent of Monaco's first serves and broke serve four times.

Sunday's winner will collect a first prize of $616,500.


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