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'I blew it,' admits Murray as Federer strolls on

ESPN staff
August 15, 2014
Roger Federer remains in the hunt for his sixth Cincinnati title © Getty Images

Andy Murray admits he "blew it" after letting a double-break in the second set slip as he went down 6-3 7-5 to Roger Federer at the Cincinnati Masters.

Murray had saved all five break points this week, holding service in 26 games. He fought off that many break points in his first two games against Federer, who kept the pressure on, broke him to go up 3-2 and served it out.

Murray appeared to gain a toehold when he broke Federer twice for a 4-1 lead in the second, but Federer broke him twice to even it and then one more time to finish it off.

Murray was a picture of frustration after letting a break slip in the second set © Getty Images

"It was pretty poor tennis from that stage of the match," Murray said. "I don't remember hitting very many good shots after the 4-1 game.

"I blew it. It's a shame."

Second seed Federer, who has won in Cincinnati an unprecedented five times, was on the offensive from the first point as he evened their career series at 11 wins apiece and showed he is going to be tough to beat.

"I'm very happy with how my level of play has now installed itself," he said.

Federer will play Milos Raonic in a repeat of their Wimbledon semi-final after the Canadian stormed into the last four with a 6-1 6-0 victory over Fabio Fognini.

But Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka is out after being stunned by Julien Benneteau 1-6 6-1 6-2.

World No.4 Wawrinka took the opening set in 27 minutes as Benneteau struggled to get into the match. However, Benneteau regrouped to break the Swiss in the second game of the second set as he won 12 of the next 15 games to book his place in the semi-finals.

"It's my best result in a Masters 1000," Benneteau said. "These are very, very difficult tournaments because the cut is like 40, 45. It's top 45 players in the world on every tournament at this level. You don't have a lot of opportunities to make a very big result."

Benneteau will take on David Ferrer after he won the all-Spanish encounter against Tommy Robredo - knocking out Novak Djokovic's conqueror 6-4 3-6 6-3.

Stanislas Wawrinka was denied a place in the semi-finals for the second time in three years © Getty Images
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