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Nic Ladds 14th Nov 2008 - 16:30

Flying Scotsman derails ‘Fed Express’

Andy Murray spectacularly de-railed the 'Fed Express' by defeating the defending champion Roger Federer in the group stages of the Shanghai Masters Cup. This turn of events has sent the Swiss ace crashing out of the tournament as Giles Simon beat Radek Stepanek to secure himself a place in the semis.

Murray lost the first set but quickly regained his composure to take the second, and then in a thrilling final set Murray prevailed to win the match 4-6 7-6 (7-3) 7-5, despite having blown 7 match points in the 10th game.

The victory over Federer meant a huge amount to the world number 4, "I'm going to be a bit tired tomorrow but a win over Roger Federer means almost as much as winning the Masters Cup to me - to win against him and have a record like I do is awesome. I know I'm going to be tired but this means a lot to me." 

Murray is now a warm 6/5 favourite to go on and win the competition, suggesting that fears Murray may be too tired after his gruelling match against Federer will be unfounded.

One man hoping to stop Murray in his tracks will be world number 5 NiKolay Davydenko whom Murray faces in the semi - final. 

The Scot is 2/5 to power through to the final with Davydenko trading at 7/4. It will be a seeming tough task for Davydenko to over come the odds and Murray has been in such scintillating form that he can be backed at 9/2 to not drop another set for the rest of the tournament.

Given the kind of mood Murray has been in, this enticing bet will certainly have its takers.




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