Murray too strong for Stepanek
Andy Murray is through to the semi-finals
Andy Murray overcame a shaky start to power into the semi-finals of the Shanghai Masters with a 4-6 6-2 6-3 victory over Radek Stepanek.
The US Open champion, who has an outside chance of finishing the year as world number one, will face either Roger Federer or Marin Cilic for a place in the final.
He was forced to overcome some worrying moments against Stepanek before hitting top gear to remain on course for a third successive Shanghai Masters title.
Murray was in trouble in the fifth game, conceding three break points and finding the net on the third, and never recovered as the confident Stepanek took the opening set with ease.
Their fortunes reversed in a hard-fought second set, with Murray levelling the match.
A stunning forehand winner - executed at full reach having dashed the width of the court - in the third game of the deciding set helped Stepanek secure a crucial break.
But Murray broke back immediately in impressive style and barely broke sweat as he cruised to victory, Stepanek buckling beneath the pressure in the closing stages.
Murray said afterwards: "It was quite a scrappy first couple of sets, but obviously in the second set I managed to get a break and got a bit of momentum.
"I started going for my shots and dictated a majority of those at the end of the match. Obviously I needed to do that because he was playing with a lot of variety, making it hard.
"I was a little bit tentative on some shots. I allowed him to come forward."
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directing one's emotions can be difficult for anyone more so those in the public eye
andy murray is doing a fantastic job for british tennis and british sport in general
Well done Andy, just need to keep your emotions in check! Going in the right direction though!
Make the most of Murray, Britain....he's the best player, from these shores, in 76 years; at a time when
two, of the all time greats, are plying there trade.
Andy has regularly knocked them of their perch, and, will one day, be top of the lot.
Well done Andy!love it when you keep winning!All the best for the semis.
Judy( Not your Mum!)
Always amazes me how tennis is completely neglected by the MSN Sport section.
Roger Federer is guaranteed 300 HUNDRED weeks at world number 1 after his win yesterday.
Somehting that is unlikely to EVER be repeated by a male player.
This is not only hugely significant to the history of tennis, but to all of sport.
Of course, there is no article on this unbelievable achievement.
I'm sure MSN is too busy writing about Cheryl Cole breathing or something like that...
we all make slip ups and use bad language from time to time whether we are sportsmen or not
give the guy a break he has said nothing worse or behaved more badly than many sorts stars---LOOK AT THE FACTS and previous news stories
ANDY MURRAY is who he is a young man trying to do his best
WELL DONE AND GOOD LUCK
how anyone can say andy murray's speech after losing at wimbledon was false is beyond me
ok we know he does not have a bubbly personality------- that is probably 99% of the population
if anyone had watched his return to dunblane they might have seen the real andy
not everyone can appear great in front of the camera yes he is shy and needs some lessons on how to portray himself in interviews BUT HE IS A SPORTSMAN NOT A TV PERSONALITY
yes its time the BBC for instance is more accountable-----considering recent revelations which i wont go into
apart form the regional parts of both itv and bbc it is and always has been very much london/england biassed