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Murray beats Monaco into Shanghai Masters final

2010-10-16 12:33:54 GMT2010-10-16 20:33:54 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Juan Monaco of Argentina hits a return to Andy Murray of Britain during the semifinal match of the Shanghai Masters ATP tennis tournament in Shanghai, China, Oct. 16, 2010. (Xinhua/Ren Long)

Juan Monaco of Argentina hits a return to Andy Murray of Britain during the semifinal match of the Shanghai Masters ATP tennis tournament in Shanghai, China, Oct. 16, 2010. (Xinhua/Ren Long)

Andy Murray of Britain hits a return to Juan Monaco of Argentina during the semifinal match of the Shanghai Masters ATP tennis tournament in Shanghai, China, Oct. 16, 2010. (Xinhua/Ren Long)

SHANGHAI, Oct. 16 (Xinhua) -- Andy Murray of Britain staged a dominant performance to oust Juan Monaco from Argentina 6-4, 6-1, getting himself into Shanghai Masters final on Saturday.

After winning the match, the 23-year-old Scotch only needs one victory to clinch his second title in this season.

Murray accomplished the first break in the fourth game, hitting a powerful backhander to make a 3-1 lead. Monaco saved two break points in that game, but he lost the third after netting a forehand stroke. The Argentinean got warmed up through the first several games, earning a break point in the seventh game, but Murray saved it to move up to 5-2.

Monaco resolved to win the opening set. The 26-year-old held serve and broke one to catch up until 4-5. However, he lost his confidence after missing an easy shot in the tenth game, making three consecutive unforced errors to lose the set 4-6.

Monaco was unable to fight back in the second set, broken twice to trail by 1-5. In the final service game, Murray powered an ace to finish the match 6-1.

Murray will next meet the winner between second seeded Novak Djokovic and the third seed Roger Federer.

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