In an epic struggle to secure a place in the semi final of the Masters Cup, Roger Federer failed to qualify after saving 7 match points against Andy Murray. Serving at 4-5 in the final set to stay alive in a game that lasted more than 16 minutes and had 12 deuces, Roger saved 7 match points to tie the match at 5-5. But Murray took the next 2 games to win the match 6-7, 6-4, 7-6. The win sends Federer home and opens the door for Giles Simon to join Murray, Davydenko and Djokovic as the 4 semi finalists.
The Federer/Murray match will go down in history as one of the gutsiest performances we have ever witnessed from Roger Federer. He played through a sore back problem, and a bout of food poisoning to fight for every point in a match that could have gone either way. Federer has won in Shanghai 4 times and is a crowd favourite, but even with the crowd behind him he failed to find a way to beat the vastly improved Brit. Murray is showing signs of being the best player on tour, and if he wins in China, he will be favoured to win his first Grand Slam event in 2009 at the Australian Open. He will play Davydenko in one semi final, while Djokovic takes on Simon in the other.