Andy Murray eased past David Goffin in straight sets to book a place in the semi-finals of the Shanghai Masters on Friday.
The Scot would triumph 6-2, 6-2 over the 11th seed in 95 minutes under the lights of the Qizhong Stadium.
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While the scoreline suggests a one-sided affair, Goffin was no pushover in a match that featured several long rallies in a war of attrition.
Despite being a break down in the opening set, his tenacity created three break point opportunities that could have got him back in the set, but Murray saved them all.
A deflated Goffin would got broken in the final game of the set, giving Murray a 1-0 lead.
After winning the opening game to love, Murray came out firing against Goffin’s serve. What transpired was one of the more dramatic games in Shanghai this year, one that lasted over 15 minutes as the Belgian saved no less than six break points to hold serve.
But the pressure would eventually tell on Goffin, who lost confidence after Murray saved his final two break points in the fifth game.
Murray bounced back to break his serve twice more to earn his place in the final four, keeping his hopes of catching world number one Novak Djokovic alive.
Awaiting the Scot in the last four is Frenchman Gilles Simon, who defeated Jack Sock 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (7-5).