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Federer, Djokovic, Murray roll into Shanghai semis

 Andy Murray of Britain celebrates after defeating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France in their men's singles quarterfinals of the Shanghai Masters tennis to...
 Andy Murray of Britain is about to return a backhand shot against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France during their men's singles quarterfinals of the Shangh...
 Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates after defeating Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain in the men's singles quarterfinal match of the Shanghai Masters t...
 Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain hits a forehand shot against Novak Djokovic of Serbia during their men's singles quarterfinal match of the Shanghai M...
 Juan Monaco of Argentina celebrates after winning second against his opponent Jurgen Melzer of Austria during their men's singles quarterfinals of th...
 Juan Monaco of Argentina celebrates after defeating Jurgen Melzer of Austria in men's singles quarterfinals of the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament...

China Tennis Shanghai Masters

Andy Murray of Britain celebrates after defeating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France in their men's singles quarterfinals of the Shanghai Masters tennis to...

China Tennis Shanghai Masters

Andy Murray of Britain is about to return a backhand shot against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France during their men's singles quarterfinals of the Shangh...

China Tennis Shanghai Masters

Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates after defeating Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain in the men's singles quarterfinal match of the Shanghai Masters t...

China Tennis Shanghai Masters

Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain hits a forehand shot against Novak Djokovic of Serbia during their men's singles quarterfinal match of the Shanghai M...

China Tennis Shanghai Masters

Juan Monaco of Argentina celebrates after winning second against his opponent Jurgen Melzer of Austria during their men's singles quarterfinals of th...

China Tennis Shanghai Masters

Juan Monaco of Argentina celebrates after defeating Jurgen Melzer of Austria in men's singles quarterfinals of the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament...

Roger Federer routed No. 5-ranked Robin Soderling 6-1, 6-1 in the Shanghai Masters quarterfinals on Friday.
Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray also cruised into the semifinals, while unseeded Juan Monaco of Argentina took nearly three hours to oust Jurgen Melzer of Austria, who beat top-ranked Rafael Nadal on Thursday.
None of the three leading players have lost a set yet in the tournament, with Djokovic dropping only 13 games in three matches, Murray 15 games, and Federer 16 games.
Soderling's 14th loss in 15 matches against Federer was his worst, and it was his heaviest defeat overall since April 2009 when the Swede took only one game off Nadal at the Rome Masters.
Federer, who barely missed on Friday, punctuated his 54-minute performance with a Pete Sampras-like jumping smash after Soderling tried to flick a lob over him.
No. 2-ranked Djokovic beat the in-form Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-2, 6-3. The Serb broke early in both sets and fought off two of the three break points he faced.
Garcia-Lopez beat Spanish compatriot Rafael Nadal two weeks ago on his way to capturing the Thailand Open title and had won 10 of his last 11 matches, including against seventh-ranked Tomas Berdych in the third round.
No. 4 Murray handled an error-prone Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-2, 6-2 in 55 minutes.
The Scot dominated his opponent with a combination of big serves and delicate drop shots _ with the exception of one from the baseline that bounced well before reaching the net. He broke the 12th-seeded Frenchman four times and only lost eight points on his serve.
"I served well and didn't give him any chances on my serve," Murray said. "I was hitting the ball really cleanly from the back of the court, so it was a good start."
Tsonga, who recently returned to the tour after a three-month injury layoff, struggled to keep the ball in play, making 21 unforced errors and five double faults. He's lost seven of his last eight matches against top 10 players.
Murray, who only last week rebounded from an illness that had dogged him since the U.S. Open, will face Monaco, who outlasted Melzer 6-7 (6), 7-5, 6-2 a week after losing to the Austrian in Tokyo.
Monaco was through to his first semifinals since February. After the French Open, he was off for three months with a left wrist injury and ended a five-match losing streak on tour this week.


Updated : 2021-10-19 04:12 GMT+08:00