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Andy Murray defeats Roger Federer and reaches the final

On October 18, 2008, Andy Murray defeated Roger Federer 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 in the Madrid semifinals for their second consecutive Masters 1000 final after Cincinnati. The Briton missed the first four semifinals of the Masters 1000. He changed that in Cincinnati 2008 when he defeated Ivo Karlovic before beating Novak Djokovic for the first crown at that level.

Two months later, Andy secured a spot in another Masters 1000 final in Madrid, surpassing the world number 1. 2 and 2006 champion and last year’s finalist Roger Federer. It was only the fifth meeting between Murray and Federer, considering their first clash took place in Bangkok three years earlier.

The Briton took his third victory thanks to a better performance in the closing stages, reeling off the last three games to advance to the title clash against Gilles Simon. The youngster fired up the fury from the opening kick, hitting 14 aces and taking 85% of the points on the first serve.

He saved two out of three chances to break to keep the pressure on Roger. The Swiss grabbed that break in the first set and had to dig deep in his games, defending seven of the nine breakout chances and failing to match his rival’s numbers.

Andy had more winners, fewer unforced errors and more forced errors, dominating Roger on the shorter rallies and keeping in touch on the longer ones to stay on the title run. They needed 12 minutes to complete the first five games with solid server performance.

Roger forced Andy’s mistake to forge a 3-2 breakout chance. Murray repulsed but couldn’t do the same with the next one, applying a forehand error to take a break and push Federer 4-2 up front.

Andy Murray defeated Roger Federer in three sets to reach the 2008 Madrid final.

The Swiss defended a chance to break the next one with a service winner.

He closed the game with another to cement the lead and closed the first set with a 5-3 draw after just 31 minutes. The Brit had to find something extra on the return of the second set to stay in contention.

He did that in game four, taming his rival’s serve and scoring a break with a well-constructed offense that put him at 3-1. Murray confirmed the lead with a winning backhand and took another comfortable grip to move 5-2 up front.

The Briton closed the set with three wins in the ninth game to take the encounter to the decision. Andy came on in the second set, catching the ball early and just four points behind the kickoff, ready for more of that in the later part of the encounter.

Still, Federer scored first after Murray’s loose volley in the second game. He created a chance to break that Andy defended himself with a quick attack to keep his serve intact. The Brit gained momentum and created three chances on the comeback in the next game.

Federer wiped them out with three winners, brought the game home and got a big boost before the return game that could have been troublesome for Andy. Instead, Murray got four service wins to tie the score at 2-2 and earned a chance to break the next one.

He missed it when his backhand landed too long but stayed on track after four more game six winners kept him safe at 3-3. Federer easily held in the seventh game and opened up a 30-0 lead on the comeback in the next game, missing a forehand that could have given him two chances to break!

Andy closed the game to stay on the positive side and closed the score at 5-5 after an ace in game ten. The Swiss sent a forehand wide in the 11th game to give his opponent two breakout opportunities. Roger saved them before Andy converted the third after forcing a world no.

2. The Briton gained the upper hand and sealed the deal when Federer scored a backhand in Game 12 to advance to his second consecutive Masters 1000 final. This defeat ruined Roger’s chances of finishing as the final number of the year. 1 for the fifth year in a row, allowing Rafael Nadal to take the honor despite losing an epic showdown against Gilles Simon on the same day.

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