Murray breezes past Tsonga to semi-finals

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Andy Murray crushed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga this morning to advance impressively into the semi-finals of the Shanghai Masters.

The British number one was at his imperious best against an opponent in the early stages of a comeback from a knee injury.

Tsonga, in just his fifth match following a three-month lay-off, was lacking his usual verve but that should not detract from Murray's performance as he eased to a 6-2 6-2 victory in just 55 minutes.

Afterwards, Murray, who made sure of his place in the Barclays ATP World Tour finals in London yesterday after beating another Frenchman Jeremy Chardy, admitted he was delighted with his display.

He told Sky Sports 1: "It was good, I served really well.

"Jo was struggling a bit on his serve so I was able to get into a lot of the return games and I served really well all week so it was a good performance.

"I hit the ball really clean from the back of the court and the surface here is really good for me."

Murray will next meet either Jurgen Melzer, who beat Rafael Nadal yesterday, or Juan Monaco.

Novak Djokovic is also through to the next round after a straight-sets win over Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.

The second-seeded Serbian forced three breaks of his opponents' serve in the opening set before one break did for the Spaniard in the next as Djokovic eased to a 6-2 6-3 win.

Djokovic, the winner of last weekend's China Open in Beijing, will face either Roger Federer or Robin Soderling in the final four.