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Murray ousts Dolgopolov in Shanghai Masters

Shanghai, Oct 11 (IANS/RIA Novosti)
Published on 11 Oct. 2012 11:30 PM IST
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Britain’s Andy Murray ousted Ukraine’s Alexander Dolgopolov in their third-round match at the Shanghai Masters here Thursday.

It was the first game of the tournament for the defending champion and third seed who got a bye in the first round and saw second-round opponent Florian Mayer pull out through injury. Dolgopolov, likely top seed for next week’s Kremlin Cup in Moscow, made 34 unforced errors to help the US Open champion to a 6-2, 6-2 triumph.

In the quarterfinals, Murray will face Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic. Stepanek, ranked 41 in the world, defeated eighth seed John Isner of the United States in a three-set battle.

Despite Isner’s 17 aces and 41 winners, Stepanek managed to complete a 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-3 win by limiting his unforced errors. The tournament is the penultimate in the series of nine ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events.

Bopanna-Bhupathi, Paes-Stepanek advance in Shanghai Masters
Indian doubles tennis players advanced to the quarterfinals of the Shanghai Masters here Thursday.
Indian pair of Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna and Indo-Czech pairing of Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek registered straight set victories to advance in the penultimate ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event of the year.

Bhupathi and Bopanna, seeded seventh, defeated American-British unseeded pair of Treat Huey and Jonathan Marray 7-6(9), 6-4 in one hour and 16 minutes.

The Indians, who got a first round bye, next face a tough task against second seeds Max Miryni and Daniel Nestor, who overcame Tomas Berdych-Nenad Zimonjic 6-2, 7-6(5).

Both teams could not earn a break in the first set forcing it into the tie-break. In the tie-break, the seventh seeds got the mini-break at the right juncture with Bopanna serving out the set.

In the second set, Bhupathi-Bopanna earned the much important break on their only break point they got, converting it. Seeded fourth, Paes and Stepanek also scored a straight sets victory over the American-South African duo of Sam Querry and Kevin Anderson in little over an hour.

Paes-Stepanek won 6-4, 6-4 and will next face Jurgen Melzer and Milos Raonic, who upset eighth seeds Alexander Peya-Bruno Soares 6-3, 6-4 for a place in the last eight. In both the sets, the fourth seeds earned the break points on the second opportunity they got. Also, three double faults by their opponents at significant points helped Paes-Stepanek to win.

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