It's Murray-Djokovic in Shanghai Masters final
Updated: 2012-10-14 09:00
By Associated Press in Shanghai (China Daily)
Britain's Andy Murray returns a shot to Roger Federer during his 6-4, 6-4 semifinal victory at the Shanghai Masters on Oct 13, 2012. [Photo/Agencies]
Novak Djokovic reached his 10th final of the season when he beat fourth-seeded Tomas Berdych 6-3, 6-4 in the Shanghai Masters on Saturday.
Djokovic is looking for his fifth title of the year and second straight after winning in Beijing last week.
He'll face Britain's Andy Murray - who's already won the US Open and Olympic gold medal this year - in the final on Sunday.
Murray cruised to a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Roger Federer in the other semifinal.
Djokovic smacked 25 winners against Berdych and converted all three of his break points to improve his head-to-head record against the Czech to 10-1. It was Djokovic's tour-leading 69th victory of the year.
"Movement today was very important from my side, to be on a very high level so I can try to get into the longer rallies where I find more chances on my side to win the rallies," Djokovic said. "(I) played tactically right. I was putting a lot of returns into the court, making a lot of pressure on his serve."
Djokovic rushed out to a 5-1 lead in the first set.
He broke Berdych in the third game of the second and closed out the match in 1 hour, 25 minutes.
"First of all I need to give credit to Novak, he started really like a champion," Berdych said. "He started really, really great, and didn't give me a chance at all."