MOSCOW, October 12 (RIA Novosti)
Novak Djokovic completed a straight-sets win over German veteran Tommy Haas in their quarterfinal encounter at the Shanghai Masters on Friday.
The Serbian star won 6-3, 6-3, wobbling only at the start of the second set when Haas, ranked 21 in the world, managed to take a 2-0 lead.
In the semifinal, the world No. 2 will face fourth seed Tomas Berdych, who earlier defeated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France.
Britain’s Andy Murray booked his place in the semifinals eliminating Radek Stepanek and now awaits the winner of the clash between world No. 1 Roger Federer and Croatia’s Marin Cilic.
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The main event of the third day of the 11th meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club in Sochi was the closing session with President Vladimir Putin. The atmosphere was calm and open, despite the current political tensions and the Russia-West confrontation. The Russian president said that it corresponded to the spirit of the Valdai Club.