Djokovic sees off Murray


Published: Saturday 1st November 2014 by The News Editor

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Novak Djokovic defeated Andy Murray in straight sets to book his place in the semi-finals of the BNP Paris Masters on Friday.

The Serb edged into the lead after claiming a hard fought first set before easing to victory in the second with three breaks of the Murray serve.

Djokovic triumphed 7-5 6-2 in a match time of one hour and 41 minutes to line up a last four meeting with Kei Nishikori, who defeated David Ferrer.

Following his victory, Djokovic admitted he always anticipates a tough match against Murray.

“We know what to expect – the matches will be very long, they will be physical with long rallies and long exchanges and whoever is calmer at the important moments comes up with one or two good shots at the right time can prevail and that’s what happened,” Djokovic told Sky Sports 3.

“The first set was very close and had some break opportnities and held my service games pretty good and then I made a crucial break at the end of the first.

“He was a break up in the second but then some double faults allowed me to come back and get back to the second set and after that I just started swinging through it much better.”

Despite the loss, Murray was still in a confident mood ahead of the season-ending event in London.

“I was up a break in the second set,” Murray said. “The first set was fairly close. But we’ll see in London maybe after a little break.

“I can still take confidence in the last few weeks. Hopefully I can put in a good performance in London and it will be a good test for me. But I feel like my game’s not that far away against those guys.”

Nishikori, who also booked his place at the ATP World Finals in London with the victory, defeated Spain’s Ferrer or 3-6 7-6 (7/5) 6-4.

Meanwhile, Milos Raonic – another headed for London – knocked out Roger Federer, who had been seeded number two in the tournament, with a battling 7-6 (8/6) 7-5 win.

“What this [loss] means is I will have a good preparation for London,” said Federer.

“It’s not that I didn’t want to win here, but I knew it was going to be tough from the start. I accept that. Now I will continue to prepare for London.”

He will now face Tomas Berdych in the semi-finals after the Czech came from a set down to beat Kevin Anderson 6-7 (7/4) 6-4 6-4.

Published: Saturday 1st November 2014 by The News Editor

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