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Federer to face Murray in Cincinnati semi-final clash

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Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2009-08-22

Roger Federer won his quarter-final against Lleyton Hewitt in two sets to reach the Cincinati Masters semi-finals. He will face Britain's Andy Murray, who survived a scare against Frenchman Julien Benneteau, to win his ticket to the semis.

AFP - Britain's world number two Andy Murray stayed on course for back-to-back titles on Friday when he recovered to beat France's Julien Benneteau 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 and reach the semi-finals of the Cincinnati Masters.

Murray, the third seeded defending champion, who captured the Montreal Masters last weekend, will face world number one Roger Federer for a place in the final.

Federer defeated Australia's Lleyton Hewitt 6-3, 6-4 to advance.

Earlier Friday, Murray was confirmed as having secured his place in the eight-man field for the end-of-season World Tour Finals in London, but Benneteau, the world number 55, performed well above his lowly status in the first set.

The fight eventually drained away from the Frenchman after a marathon rally in game three of the second set.

"That unbelievable rally, 53 shots or something, that really changed the match for me," said Murray. "Physically he was struggling a little bit after that."

Murray added: "I served terrible in the first set - six doubles. The ball was blowing all over the place.

"I was hitting the ball really clean from the back of the court but leaving a lot of balls short so I ended up doing a lot of running, which wasn't really the plan going into the match."

Date created : 2009-08-21

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