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Beating Federer similar to winning Masters’ Cup: Murray

Shanghai, Nov. 15 : Britain’s Andy Murray has said that his triumph over Swiss Roger Federer in the quarter-finals of the Masters’ Cup here is as good as winning the title.

Murray who beat Federer 4-6 7-6 7-5 in a minute over three hours, now marches into the semi-finals of the Masters Cup.

Having beaten the Swiss superstar for the third time this year Murray was quoted by The Sun as saying: “It was a great match, probably one of the best I’ve ever been involved in. A win against Federer in a match like that is similar to winning the Masters Cup itself.”

“Psychologically, a win like that is going to be huge for me next time I play him — especially in big matches,” he added.

Murray beats Federer to send Simon to Shanghai semis

Murray beats Federer to send Simon to Shanghai semisShanghai - Roger Federer saved an heroic match points as he fought for his life only to fall from the group stage for the first time in his career at the Masters Cup to end the season on a disheartening note on Friday.

Andy Murray's 4-6, 7-6 (7-3), 7-5 comeback win over the four-time champion lifted French debutant Gilles Simon into the weekend semi-finals along with the Scot.

Murray will play Nikolay Davydenko on Saturday while Simon faces Novak Djokovic.

Simon survives as pressure shifts to Federer

Gilles SimonShanghai - Gilles Simon put himself into position for a possible spot in the semi-finals of the Masters Cup with a Friday victory, but will have to await the fate of Roger Federer.

The French debutant pounded alternate Radek Stepanek 6-1, 6-4 in 65 minutes, breaking three times and never in danger against the Czech who filled in at the last minute at mid-week for injured Andy Roddick.

But the drama level was rising as four-time year-end champion Federer played a do-or-die final Red group match later against Andy Murray, Britain's world number four who has already qualified into the weekend final four.

Bjorkman looks to the next phase of life after retiring from tennis

Jonas BjorkmanShanghai - Sweden's Jonas Bjorkman marked the end of his career at age 36 as he and partner Kevin Ullyett bowed out in doubles at the Masters Cup to Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski of Poland 6-2, 1-6, 10-6 on Friday.

The round-robin loss put and end to the career of Bjorkman, winner of all four Grand Slams - with four different partners - as well as 15 Masters titles among his 54 career doubles trophies.

The Monte Carlo-based father of two cited his Davis Cup titles with Sweden in 1997 and 1998 as highlight moments of a standout career.

Four women jump to death from burning dormitory in Shanghai

Four women jump to death from burning dormitory in ShanghaiBeijing - Four young women died Friday after jumping from a sixth-floor dormitory to escape a fire at a college in Shanghai, state media said.

The students "apparently panicked amid flames and thick smoke" after the fire broke out in their shared room at the Shanghai Business School, the official Xinhua news agency quoted local police as saying.

The two local women and two women from neighbouring provinces all died immediately upon hitting the ground, the agency said.

Satisfied Tsonga beats Djokovic - Davydenko in semis

Jo-Wilfried TsongaShanghai - Jo-Wilfried Tsonga claimed his third revenge win in two months over Novak Djokovic as he produced a 1-6, 7-5, 6-1 Gold group comeback to spoil the Serbs hopes for a perfect record on Thursday at the Masters Cup.

The 23-year-old Tsonga is out of consideration for a semi-final spot, but earned a moral victory over the man who beat him in the Australian Open final in January. Djokovic ended with a 2-1 mark.

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