Andy Murray’s Cincinnati Masters bid ended at the semi-final stage as Roger Federer recorded a 6-4 7-6 (8-6) win.

Murray deposed Federer as world numbedjokovicr two this week but lost the first set to some often impeccable Federer strokes.

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The second set was fiercely contested, with no breaks, but Federer prevailed to win in one hour 37 minutes, taking his record against the Briton to 14-11.

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In Sunday’s final he will play top seed Novak Djokovic, who beat Ukranian Alexandr Dolgopolov 4-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-2.