Cincinnati Masters 2014: Roger Federer wary of Andy Murray ‘danger’

Cincinnati Masters 2014: Roger Federer is wary of his last-eight opponent Andy Murray after beating Gael Monfils

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Roger Federer takes on Andy Murray on Friday Photo: Marianne Bevis

Roger Federer is wary of the threat posed by a resurgent Andy Murray after the former world number one beat Gael Monfils to reach the last eight of Western & Southern Open.

The 33-year-old, who is a five-time champion at Cincinnati, edged to a close-fought 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 victory over his French opponent to set up a meeting with Murray on Thursday night.

He was close against Tsonga last week… could have had a run there. That’s why I know the danger of this match tomorrow

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And Federer, who trails the Scot 11-10 in head-to-head, is anticipating a tough quarter-final match against the two-time Major champion.

“I played a really good match against him in Australia,” Federer told ESPN.

“I know he probably wasn’t at 100 per cent but I personally played a good match. That’s how I have to come out tomorrow.”

Federer continued: “I’m happy for him that he’s playing [well] again. He was close against Tsonga last week… could have had a run there. That’s why I know the danger of this match tomorrow.

“I think it was a huge match for him to beat Isner. Those are the kind of matches you need to win to get going again. I know I’m in for a tough one.”

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