Ferrer ousts Murray, Djokovic and Federer into quarters

Thu Oct 9, 2014 11:52am EDT
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SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer notched up contrasting victories to reach the Shanghai Masters quarter-finals on Thursday while David Ferrer fought back from a set down to knock out Andy Murray.

World number one Djokovic labored to a 6-3 4-6 6-4 victory over plucky Kazakh Mikhail Kukushkin who matched the Serb shot for shot for most of the match before being overpowered in the third set.

Two-time champion Djokovic broke Kukushkin for a 5-3 lead before closing out the first set but the Kazakh roared back into contention to stretch the contest to a decider.

Djokovic broke his opponent in the fifth game of the third set before extending his winning streak in China to 27 matches and seal a quarter-final clash with Ferrer.

"I congratulate him for fighting," Djokovic said of Kukushkin. "But I'm really glad to come out as the winner and stay mentally strong. That's why I won. I won because I fought my way through."

Ferrer overcame Murray 2-6 6-1 6-2 earlier on Thursday and the Spaniard will now replace the Briton in ninth spot in the race for the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals in London. There are five berths still up for grabs in the eight-man tournament.

Murray had little trouble in the first set and looked poised for a quarter-finals berth, but Ferrer staged a brilliant comeback, breaking the Briton twice to take the second and level the match.

There was no let up in the final set either as the Spaniard raced to a 5-2 lead and raised his arms in celebration when twice champion Murray buried a return into the net.

An in-form Ferrer would prove a difficult opponent, said Djokovic.   Continued...

David Ferrer of Spain celebrates winning his men's singles tennis match against Andy Murray of Britain at the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament in Shanghai October 9, 2014. REUTERS/Aly Song