Murray Stays On Track For Shanghai Title; Ferrer Edges Roddick
by Staff | October 14th, 2011, 11:08 pm

Andy Murray continued his hot streak Friday in Shanghai dusting qualifier Matthew Ebden 6-3, 6-2. Murray has now won 12 straight matches in Asia and 23 of his last 24 matches.

“I feel like I can play better. I served well so far. But I think I can hit the ball a bit better from the back of the court. And, like I said a few days ago, it’s different conditions to the last couple of weeks. Maybe still adjusting a bit.”

If Murray wins the title on Sunday he will move into the No. 3 ranking ahead of Roger Federer. The Scot will now play Japanese favorite Kei Nishikori who upended Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-4, 6-3 to reach his first career ATP Masters 1000 semifinal.

“I feel like home here,” said Nishikori. “It means a lot to play semis here. I’m really excited now. I think I started well today. I knew he [was] going to hit a lot of slice and I have to be careful. I was trying to not go for too much, just try to [be] steady on the court, and that worked.”

The early semifinal places Spanish countrymen David Ferrer against Feliciano Lopez.

The lefty Lopez breezed past Nadal conqueror Florian Mayer 6-2, 6-4. However, Ferrer went the distance edging Andy Roddick in a third-set tiebreak thriller 6-7(5), 6-2, 7-6(2), all but dashing the hopes the American had of qualifying for the year-end London championships in London.

“[I have] more confidence with my first serve,” said Ferrer who out aced Roddick 11 to 10. “This tournament, in the important moments I’ve served really good. So this is very important to every match.”

Surprisingly, Lopez leads Ferrer 6-4 in their 10 meetings and 6-1 on hardcourts.

“I think it’s going to be a very tough match,” said Lopez, looking ahead to Saturday’s semi-final. “David is a top player right now this moment, so I know it’s going to be tough to beat him. He’s a fighter. He’s very fast. He’s one of the best returners in the game right now, so I know it’s going to be a difficult match. If I want to continue winning, I have to play the way I was playing today and yesterday.”

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13 Comments for Murray Stays On Track For Shanghai Title; Ferrer Edges Roddick

margot Says:

Come on Andy! Focus, focus, focus :)

Wog boy Says:

I have to be honest, I wish it is Nadal and not Ferrer.

Wog boy Says:

But first Nishikori.

grendel Says:

oh, well. Peter Fleming said it looked like a lightweight against a heavyweight, and he meant in terms of skill. Nishikori did have a slight ankle problem, but that can’t account for his demolition. I think we saw a bit of the awe factor here. Occasionally, not often, Nishokori would be in control of the rally, move in for the kill and – perhaps slight hesitation – muff it. Alternatively, in a long base line rally he would just go for too much in an attempt to snatch a point.

So good is Murray looking now, it’s kind of a shame there are no slams on offer. Not the best time of year, really, to reach your peak. Will he still be in this form by the AO? If he is, then regardless as to where the other top 3 are, I’m going to be a johnny-come-lately and agree he has as good a chance as anyone to win. margot, jane and Ike in particular have always insisted he is bound to win a slam, and you have to say it looks likely now.

He still gets unecessarily distracted, though. In the middle of the 2nd set, Nishikori was at 0-40 when Murray hit a ball called out. hawkeye showed it to be in and Murray insisted the point was his (objecting to the replaying of the point). He was probably right, but he in his irritation he allowed Nishikori back in to win the next 4 points before Murray came back to take the game. Didn’t matter here. Might matter against more weighty opponents in a slam match.

margot Says:

grendel, I think old Andy might’ve lost the game after that point, but new Andy rallied. Yay :)
Goodall made an interesting comment during Ferrer/Lopez match about Lopez’ backhand. He said Macnamara had said to him no point trying to improve a weak shot, work on all your good shots so you disguise your weak one. Goodall said that’s the opposite to what’s taught in the UK. I wondered about your thoughts. Goodall didn’t sound too convinced.
Ferrer/Lopez was a corker :)

Kimmi Says:

just seen the score. Muzza on fire or what?

poor nishikori. A bagel??? Do we have another bagel in the final? Go muzza! its time for you to start another streak..only few matches left before you pass nole streak!! keep going!!!

El Flaco Says:


I doubt MacNamara meant that as a general statement for all players, but most likely for players on the back end of their career. F-Lo is 30 years old so to try and re-engineer his backhand at this point is probably a waist of time. If Lopez was 20 years then it would definitely make sense to develop an effective topspin backhand.

Kimmi Says:

Apart from murray, ferrer could have a short at passing federer for no.4 too. if he wins tomorrow, it will get even better, he is only about 800 pts behind fed on the race at the moment.

Kimmi Says:

kvitova beat JJ. great results for her. looks like she is starting to play well again. It was a good decision to play linz before the Year end Championship. She needed more matches.

Wish I had seen that match.

carlo Says:

I hope Murray wins Shanghai but it would be cool if Ferrer won too. He has been a finalist but I don’t think he’s won a masters 1OOO has he?

Would be more fun if Murray was beating Nadal again.

Dory Says:

I am rooting for Ferrer tommorrow because he hasn’t won a Masters 1000 title yet. Go Ferrer, you deserve it.

jane Says:

Way to go Murray! Now win tomorrow. grendel, thanks for the short story info on the other thread. I need gentle humour a.t.m. so it sound perfect.

Chris Says:

Andy Murray really did a great job he deserved to win those three matches

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