Friday, March 7, 2014
Murray beats Federer at Shanghai to set up rematch of U.S. Open final with Djokovic
Two-time defending champion Andy Murray beat Roger Federer 6-4, 6-4 in the Shanghai Masters in China on Saturday, setting up a rematch of the U.S. Open final against Novak Djokovic.
Djokovic reached his 10th final of the season when he beat fourth-seeded Tomas Berdych 6-3, 6-4 in the first semifinal.
Murray broke Federer in the fifth game of the first set and sixth game of the second set, and endured two rain delays.
GENERALI LADIES: Top-ranked Victoria Azarenka reached her ninth final of the season and will play Julia Goerges for the title at Linz, Austria.
Azarenka advanced with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania, and Goerges edged Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium 1-6, 6-2, 6-3.
JAPAN OPEN: Chang Kai-chen of Taiwan beat top-seeded Sam Stosur of Australia 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (3) to advance to the final at Osaka, Japan.
The 134th-ranked Chang broke Stosur twice in the opening set. She eliminated three seeded players on the way to her first career WTA Tour final.
Chang, 21, will face Britain's Heather Watson after she defeated local favorite Misaki Doi of Japan 7-6 (2), 7-5.
CHAMPIONS TOUR: Fred Funk took a one-stroke lead over Larry Mize in the Greater Hickory Classic, shooting his second straight bogey-free 6-under 66 at Conover, N.C.
EUROPEAN TOUR: Bernd Wiesberger of Austria birdied six of seven holes in one stretch, finishing with a 6-under 65 for a one-stroke lead after three rounds at the Portugal Masters at Vilamoura, Portugal.
Wiesberger, who started his birdie run at No. 8, was at 13-under 200. He was followed by England's Ross Fisher, who began the day in the lead and finished with a 69.
LPGA: Defending champion Na-yeon Choi of South Korea maintained a two-shot lead in the LPGA Malaysia with a 3-under 68 in a rain-interrupted third round at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Fellow South Korean Park Inbee was two shots back after putting up the day's best score of 65.
NBA: Carmelo Anthony scored 23 points and Chris Copeland had 21 to help the Knicks beat the Celtics 98-95 in overtime in an exhibition game at Hartford, Conn.
Jared Sullinger led Boston (1-2) with 14 points, while Paul Pierce and Jeff Green had 12 apiece.
BOYS' SOCCER: Stephen Sherbahn scored twice to help Berwick Academy (5-4-2) take a 3-0 win over Kents Hill at South Berwick.
Jesse Morse also scored and Chris Richards added two assists.
GIRLS' SOCCER: Emily Borkowski, Cora Ordway and Olivia Hurley scored for Berwick Academy in a 3-0 win over Kents Hill at South Berwick.
• Carolyn Moore scored two first-half goals, and Katie Comeaux recorded her first shut out of the season, as Hyde of Bath (3-7-1) defeated Hyde of Woodstock (0-10), 5-0 at Bath.
Shannon Ward, Jenny Morin and Olivia Griffing also scored.
• McCaela Prentice scored on an Emily Wyman assist as Hebron Academy beat Gould Academy 1-0 at Bethel.
Julia Getman made six saves for Gould, while Molly Bloomingdale recorded five for Hebron.
-- From staff and news services