SHANGHAI, China — For the first time in the four-year existence of the Shanghai Masters, the top four seeds have reached the semi-finals.
Top-seeded Roger Federer, No. 2 Novak Djokovic, No. 3 Andy Murray, and No. 4 Tomas Berdych succeeded in meeting the expectations of their seedings on Friday.
The top four men’s seeds have also reached the semi-finals at four other tournaments this year: Australian Open; Doha, Qatar; Estoril, Portugal; and Umag, Croatia.
Federer turned out Marin Cilic of Croatia 6-3, 6-4 to set a semi-final date with Murray, the two-time defending Shanghai champion.