Murray takes charge to stop Monaco for Shanghai finals place
Scot Andy Murray served 6-4, 6-1 notice Saturday that he's got his game back into a winning groove as the fourth- seeded Scot beat Argentine Juan Monaco to move into the final of the Shanghai Masters, DPA reported.
Murray appeared to make a full recovery after illness last week in Beijing which stalled him at the quarter-final stage following a miserable US Open a month before.
The 23-year-old is now in position to win a second straight Masters title this season after beating Roger Federer two months ago in Canada.
The third-seeded Swiss was playing the day's second semi later against US Open finalist Novak Djokovic.
Murray kept his standard high in his defeat of number 41 Monaco, who once stood 14th on the ATP.
Murray broke four times and took complete command after getting through an opening set lasting almost an hour.
The Scot's victory was his 40th of the season in which his lone title to date came in Toronto; he has won five Masters shields.
Murray went up an early break in the first set but lost it on a double fault as Monaco crawled back to 4-4. But Murray put an end to that scenario with an immediate break-back to lift the opening set from one of his opponent's 29 unforced errors.
The second set raced by for Murray, with the world number four getting off court in half the time he spent in winning the first, going through on his first match point as he hammered an untouchable service winner.
Murray had 15 winners and 15 unforced errors and now stands 2-1 against Monaco, who reached the semi-finals with a defeat of Juergen Melzer a day after the Austrian had eliminated top seed Rafael Nadal.