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Murray outlasts Federer to reach Madrid final

MADRID: Britain's Andy Murray outgunned Roger Federer 3-6 6-3 7-5 on Saturday to reach the Madrid Masters final and avenge his defeat at the U.S. Open. The world number four's victory sets up a showdown with world number one Rafael Nadal or France's Gilles Simon. Murray said on Friday he felt more relaxed than before...

SAMAA | - Posted: Oct 19, 2008 | Last Updated: 13 years ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Oct 19, 2008 | Last Updated: 13 years ago

MADRID: Britain's Andy Murray outgunned
Roger Federer 3-6 6-3 7-5 on Saturday to reach the Madrid
Masters final and avenge his defeat at the U.S. Open.
The world number four's victory sets up a showdown with
world number one Rafael Nadal or France's Gilles Simon.
Murray said on Friday he felt more relaxed than before his
straight-sets defeat in the final of the U.S. Open last month,
and early serves of around 220-kph (136-mph) hinted at a closer
contest at Madrid's Glass Palace arena.
The Scot showed flashes of form early on but Federer gave
the 21-year-old no time to settle, forcing him into unforced
errors to break midway through the first set.
Murray grew in confidence, however, and by the third set the
match had swung in his favour.
“I served huge and the second serve was very good,” he told
reporters. “That probably makes the top five (in his best
performances).
“Yesterday I played great but with all respect to (Frenchman
Gael) Monfils, he's not the same player as Federer.”
Murray slammed 14 aces, 10 in the final set, but it was
testament to Federer's fearless style that the Swiss saved six
break points before finally cracking at 5-5 when he struck a
forehand long.
The Scot brought up match point with a huge cross-court
forehand and sealed his third victory over Federer when his
opponent netted a forehand.
As the only man who could have caught Nadal, Federer's
defeat guarantees the Spaniard the world number one ranking for
the rest of the year.
“I thought Andy served very well today and returned much
more comfortably than at the (U.S.) Open,” said the world number
two. “He did well to hang in there and it was a close match.
“I move on from here with a good feeling and I think it was
a pretty good week.”

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