Updated: 13/10/2012 14:55 | By pa.press.net

Murray too strong for Stepanek



Andy Murray is through to the semi-finals

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."

39Comments
12/10/2012 14:16
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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

12/10/2012 13:22
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Well done Andy, just need to keep your emotions in check! Going in the right direction though!

12/10/2012 13:44
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Keep em coming Andy.. but lay off the racquet smashing
12/10/2012 18:38
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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. 

12/10/2012 15:59
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Careful with Federer or Cilic! Not to be underestimatd! Go for it, Andy, show them who's on form lately!
12/10/2012 19:16
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Really great to see the moronic Murray haters squirming and bleating.  Murray would never win a major was their pathetic clinging surity.  Andy has shut the trolls up forever.  Every time he wins, these pathetic loser trolls just bleat and bleat like mindless sheep.  Murray haters are just traitors.  Andy Murray - fantastic player - full stop
12/10/2012 17:25
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well done big man uv done SCOTLAND proud again and who is federer again lol
12/10/2012 20:30
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Well done Andy!love it when you keep winning!All the best for the semis.

Judy( Not your Mum!)

12/10/2012 21:05
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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...

12/10/2012 17:34
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i wonder who gave me the thumbs down not looking at u john fish and aj collins  aka murray haters lol
12/10/2012 21:26
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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

12/10/2012 23:24
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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

13/10/2012 03:33
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Keep on believing. You have nothing to prove Andy. You can beat those in 1st & 2nd spots to take that top spot you want so much. After this incredible year, there is nothing to stop you achieving WORLD No.1
13/10/2012 02:21
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Always thought you could be the best, felt your problem at not reaching expectations was in your mind, think you have beaten that now. Please remind the world that Jamie is a Wimbledon champion to. I feel he gets overlooked.
13/10/2012 00:27
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Och! Let''s face it,  the English hate him  because he's not english .they only gloryify their own, and it shows,check out any london or english based athelete whether  they be winners or losers they tend to be overly glorified and appear on silly dance programmes etc:The problem is that England has too much say! Time for change .Imagine Wales ,Ireland or Scotland being the dominant central source of media power! England, in truth has too much voice and say!Surely time for the imbalance to balance out in favour of all nations instead of a London based conglomarate of ignorarumuses.
13/10/2012 00:37
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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

13/10/2012 00:14
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Well done yet again Andy.  Please win the final!
12/10/2012 22:45
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James: What are you gibbering on about ?
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Just a big foul mouthed arrogant moron
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