Cincinnati Masters 2014: Andy Murray rues blowing second-set chance

Cincinnati Masters 2014: British number one Andy Murray is knocked out of the Western & Southern Open by Roger Federer

British No1 Andy Murray Photo: Marianne Bevis

Andy Murray admitted he blew his chance of a quarter-final comeback after Roger Federer eased into the Western & Southern Open last four courtesy of a straight sets win.

The five-time Cincinnati Masters champion eased to the first set, capitalising on Murray’s struggling serve to edge 6-3 ahead in the 22nd meeting between the multiple Major winners.

However, the Scot fought back and held a 4-1 lead before the Swiss broke Murray twice and went on to set up a semi-final against Milos Ranoic.

“I started the match off pretty slow tonight,” said Murray.

“[Federer] came out quick. Then I had a couple break points in back-to-back games to get into it in the first set. I didn’t get either of them.
“Then obviously was well up in the second and blew it. It’s a shame.”

Federer added that he felt like he stole the second set away from Murray after a brief resurgence from the two-time Major winner.

“In the second set, I lost a little bit of the rhythm,” Federer is quoted as saying by ESPN.

“From the baseline, [Murray] was hitting the ball well – harder and deeper… I snuck in a quick break, and next thing you know, I’m back. I feel like I stole that second set.”

Jamie Carragher
Jamie Carragher predicts where Arsenal and Man City will finish this season
Harry Kane
Patrice Evra reveals his Tottenham v Man City prediction
Gossip
Jude Bellingham
Liverpool FC, Man City still 'pushing hard' to sign Jude Bellingham - report
Rio Ferdinand
‘He’s a top player’: Rio Ferdinand on 22-year-old linked with Chelsea FC move
Gossip
Sky Sports News reporter Dharmesh Sheth
Sky Sports reporter delivers update on Chelsea FC search for next signing
Jamie Carragher
Jamie Carragher predicts where Arsenal and Man City will finish this season
Harry Kane
Patrice Evra reveals his Tottenham v Man City prediction
Gossip
Jude Bellingham
Liverpool FC, Man City still 'pushing hard' to sign Jude Bellingham - report
Rio Ferdinand
‘He’s a top player’: Rio Ferdinand on 22-year-old linked with Chelsea FC move
Gossip
Sky Sports News reporter Dharmesh Sheth
Sky Sports reporter delivers update on Chelsea FC search for next signing
Slideshow
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature