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Federer routs Soderling to reach Shanghai semis
October 15, 2010 / 1:29 PM / 7 years ago

Federer routs Soderling to reach Shanghai semis

<p>Roger Federer of Switzerland serves against Robin Soderling of Sweden at the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament October 15, 2010. REUTERS/Aly Song</p>

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Swiss maestro Roger Federer sliced through fifth seed Robin Soderling with a 6-1 6-1 victory to reach the Shanghai Masters semi-finals on Friday.

Third seed Federer broke serve three times to wrap up the first set in 29 blistering minutes as the woeful Soderling played little more than a meek cameo role.

The second set was four minutes shorter as quick-firing Federer smashed four aces to call time in 54 blurred minutes.

Federer now faces a last four showdown with Serb Novak Djokovic who trounced unseeded Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-2 6-3.

“Today was a quick match but tomorrow’s against Novak will not be based on fitness, it will be in the details,” said Federer.

“It will be a bit more tactical, with more rallies, and more interesting,” added the Swiss, who will be seeking revenge for the epic five-set defeat by the Serb in the U.S. Open semi-finals last month.

Djokovic, who won the China Open in Beijing on Monday, was hopeful of downing Federer again.

<p>Robin Soderling of Sweden prepares to hit a shot during his match against Roger Federer of Switzerland at the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament October 15, 2010. REUTERS/Aly Song</p>

“I just need to focus on my game. If I play as well as I have done recently, I think I have a good chance,” he said.

Britain’s Andy Murray brushed aside burly Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-2 6-2 as he confirmed his return to form after a recent illness.

Murray took command early in the first set and was hardly troubled in the second as he advanced to last four.

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“He struggled a little bit on his serve and wasn’t serving as big as usual, so I managed to get into a lot of the return games,” said Murray.

“I served well and didn’t give him any chances on my serve. I was hitting the ball really cleanly from the back of the court, so it was a good start,” he added.

The error-prone Tsonga was no match for the 23-year-old world number four, whose stinging backhand returns forced the 12th seed into submission.

Murray will meet Juan Monaco in the last four after the Argentine battled to a 6-7 7-5 6-2 win over Austria’s Juergen Melzer, the 13th seed who knocked out world number one Rafa Nadal on Thursday.

“I know Andy’s a very good player. He fights a lot and it will be tough for me. I think today was playing very well, but if I want to beat Andy, I have to play a little bit better tomorrow,” said the unseeded Monaco, ranked 41 in the world.

Editing by Justin Palmer

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