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Andy Murray reacts after losing the point against David Goffin of Belgium yesterday

Andy Murray reacts after losing the point against David Goffin of Belgium yesterday

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Andy Murray reacts after losing the point against David Goffin of Belgium yesterday

Andy Murray will meet Gilles Simon in the semi-finals of the Shanghai Masters today after defeating David Goffin. World No.2 Murray was too good for the Belgian, winning 6-2 6-2 in an encounter that proved tougher than the scoreline suggests.

Simon defeated Jack Sock 4-6 6-4 7-6 (7-5), and Murray knows he will have to up his game against the experienced campaigner.

Murray had to produce some fine tennis to register his fifth-straight victory over his Belgian foe.

"There were many long games on his serve that could have gone either way," Murray said.

"He had a few chances on my serve so it was a tough match. It was a pretty long one for that scoreline but I struck the ball well and created a lot of chances on my return game."

Novak Djokovic struggled to a tense 3-6 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 win over 110th-ranked Mischa Zverev to reach the last four and will now face Roberto Bautista Agut in the semi-finals.

Spain's Agut saw off Jo Wilfried-Tsonga 6-3 6-4.

Belfast Telegraph