Djokovic tops Mur­ray, on to Shang­hai fi­nal

The Washington Post Sunday - - SPORTS -

Top-ranked No­vak Djokovic broke Andy Mur­ray five times en route to a 6-1, 6-3 win in the semi­fi­nals of the Shang­hai Masters on Satur­day, one of his most lop­sided vic­to­ries ever over the two-time ma­jor win­ner.

Af­ter­ward, Djokovic said he would al­low him­self to en­joy the vic­tory only for a mo­ment be­fore turn­ing his at­ten­tion to Sun­day’s fi­nal against Jo-Wil­fried Tsonga, a 6-4, 0-6, 7-5 win­ner over Rafael

Nadal in the other semi­fi­nal. Djokovic will be aim­ing for his ninth ti­tle in what al­ready has been one of the most suc­cess­ful sea­sons of his ca­reer. Not only has he won three Grand Slam ti­tles, he has reached the fi­nal in ev­ery tour­na­ment he has played since the Qatar Open in Jan­uary. . . .

Venus Wil­liams saw her chance of quali­fy­ing for the sea­son-end­ing WTA Fi­nals slip away af­ter los­ing in straight sets to Je­lena Jankovic in the semi­fi­nals of the Hong Kong Open.

Wil­liams, seeded third, was de­feated, 6-4, 7-5, in a tense en­counter that lasted 2 hours 4 min­utes.

Wil­liams needed to reach the fi­nal to boost her chances of quali­fy­ing for the lu­cra­tive WTA Fi­nals for the first time since 2009. Jankovic will meet Angelique

Ker­ber in the fi­nal.

PRO FOOT­BALL

Ac­cord­ing to an ESPN.com re­port, EJ Manuel is ex­pected to start at quar­ter­back for the Buf­falo Bills on Sun­day against the Cincin­nati Ben­gals.

Reg­u­lar starter Ty­rod Tay­lor has been listed as ques­tion­able be­cause of a knee in­jury, and the Bills have not pub­licly named a starter. . . .

The New England Pa­tri­ots placed cor­ner­back Tarell Brown on sea­son-end­ing in­jured re­serve be­cause of a foot in­jury.

GOLF

Bren­dan Steele did just enough to keep the lead in the Frys.com Open.

As one player af­ter an­other was pil­ing up birdies on the clos­ing three-hole stretch at Sil­ver­ado in Napa, Calif. — ea­gle op­por­tu­ni­ties on each hole — Steele had to set­tle for three pars for a 3-un­der-par 69 and a one-shot lead over

An­drew Loupe and Kevin Na in the PGA Tour sea­son opener.

Six­teen play­ers are sep­a­rated by only four shots head­ing into the fi­nal round. . . . De­fend­ing cham­pion Michael

Allen shot a 3-un­der 69 for a share of the lead with Scott

McCar­ron in the Cham­pi­ons Tour’s San An­to­nio Cham­pi­onship.

McCar­ron also had a 69 to reach 6-un­der 138 on TPC San An­to­nio’s AT&T Canyons Course.

The 56-year-old Allen has seven vic­to­ries on the 50-an­dover tour af­ter fail­ing to win on the PGA Tour. . . .

Ly­dia Ko and Sung Hyun Park re­bounded to top the crowded leader board in the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Cham­pi­onship in In­cheon, South Korea.

In po­si­tion to take the top spot in the world, the sec­ond-ranked Ko over­came a dou­ble bo­gey with two late birdies in a 3-un­der 69. Park bounced back from a sec­ond-round 74 with a 67 to

match Ko at 13 un­der 203.

MISC.

Arun Ba­sul­je­vic scored in the 75th minute on an as­sist from

Alex Muyl, and the Ge­orge­town men’s soc­cer team beat Big East ri­val DePaul, 1-0, in Chicago.

The Hoyas ex­tended their un­beaten streak to 10 games. . . .

Alani John­son scored twice and Can­dace Cephers also scored to lift the Vir­ginia Tech women’s soc­cer team to a 3-0 win over Mi­ami in Blacks­burg, Va. . . . Loudoun Val­ley se­nior An­drew

Hunter won the Third Bat­tle In­vi­ta­tional in Winch­ester in 14 min­utes 20.8 sec­onds, break­ing the Vir­ginia state record for a 5,000-me­ter cross-coun­try race by eight sec­onds. Her­itage sopho­more Weini

Ke­lati fin­ished in 16:29, the sec­ond-fastest girls’ time in the na­tion this year.

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