Federer vs Murray Shanghai Masters 2012 semifinal Preview

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Andy Murray vs Roger Federer Preview

Head to Head
Murray 9-8 Federer (Overall)
Murray 6-4 Federer (Outdoor Hard Courts)

The Shanghai semi final sees the eighteenth meeting between Andy Murray and Roger Federer in a rivalry that over their whole careers has been a fairly even one. Murray has the slight edge but picked up many of  his nine wins early in his career, having won six times before 2010. The cynics would probably suggest that much of his success would be down to these matches not being finals but a quick look at their post-2010 matches including most recently the Olympic final where he blew away Federer in straight sets.

Barring the round robin matches at the World Tour Finals, every match in this current period has been a final of which the six have been split. Murray has the Olympics and two Masters 1000’s (Shanghai and Toronto) while Federer has Wimbledon, Australian Open and a 500 in Dubai. One of those includes this very tournament where Murray came out on top in a very comfortable 6-3 6-2 for the first of his two titles here to date.

Road To The Semi Final

Murray –

2R Florian Mayer w/o
3R Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-2 6-2
QF Radek Stepanek 4-6 6-2 6-3

While doing enough to win, Murray hasn’t looked in top class form. Having to play catch-up in terms of being a match short fitness-wise probably didn’t help the Scot but he dealt with Alexandr Dolgopolov easily enough, breaking the tricky Ukranian’s serve five times overall. Radek Stepanek poses far more issues, pushing Murray to three sets and even leading by a break in the decider before being defeated. An illness picked up in Tokyo seems to be visibly bothering him. While he may be able to afford to play poorly in earlier rounds, Federer will not be so forgiving.

Federer –

2R Yen-Hsun Lu 6-3 7-5
3R Stanislas Wawrinka 4-6 7-6 6-0
QF Marin Cilic 6-3 6-4

Federer had looked rusty for much of the first two rounds, doing the minimum necessary to defeat Lu. His friend and fellow Swiss Wawrinka was in inspired form in the third round and was the better player for much of the match. Down as far as a set and 4-4 *0-30, he held on before the inevitable drop in Wawrinka standards which led to him losing the last seven games of the match. With victory, it was confirmed that Federer would remain at the No.1 spot for a 300th week in his career. The potential shock must have affected Federer as he was a different player in the quarter finals, upping his level considerably. The only thing to worry about will have been a few poor service games which saw him broken but he reacted well, breaking Cilic right back on each occasion.

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