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Murray stuns Federer in Cincinnati

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Murray broke Federer's serve a stunning seven times in his shock win.

CINCINNATI, Ohio -- Roger Federer suffered his first defeat before a final for 14 months when he was stunned by rising Briton Andy Murray 7-5 6-4 in the second round of the Cincinnati Masters on Wednesday.

Second seed Rafael Nadal, however, avoided any drama as he safely reached the third round by defeating South Korea's Lee Hyung-taik 6-4 6-3 for the second time in seven days.

Murray, ranked a career-high 21st, became only the second player to beat Federer this year.

He broke the world number one's serve seven times to chalk up the biggest win of his career in just over 90 minutes.

The result meant it was the first time in 18 events that the Swiss master had failed to reach a tournament final.

His last defeat before a showpiece match had been to world number two Nadal in the 2005 French Open semis.

"I'm sorry the match didn't end the way I wanted," Federer told reporters after being condemned to his first defeat in two years on North American hard courts.

"He played pretty well and I have to give him credit. He was able to close it out when he had to."

Disappointing exit

Federer blamed his serve for his disappointing exit. "That is the only thing I regret, I couldn't hit one. It's disturbing and disappointing," the top seed said.

Murray held his head in his hands after sealing the memorable victory and said he never dreamed he could topple the world number one.

"I don't think Roger played his best but I give myself credit also," Murray said. "I was finally able to serve one out.

"It's not enough just to play against Roger. You have to remain solid."

The last time Federer had fallen as early the second round in a tournament was at the 2004 Athens Olympics.

Nadal, the only man to have beaten Federer in 2006 before Murray's unexpected success, kept his focus to complete an 80-minute win against Lee.

"My goal is improve on every surface, my goal is improve my game," Nadal told reporters. "Not only on hard court but on every surface.

"But to improve on every surface, I need improve my game, that's the challenge."

Nadal is keen to make an impact during the American hardcourt season following his third-round defeat in Toronto last week.

Although he has captured five titles this year, he has failed to get his hands on any trophy since triumphing at Roland Garros in June and is desperate to find some run of form before the U,S. Open begins on August 28.

Elsewhere, Spain's Juan Carlos Ferrero outwitted American sixth seed James Blake 6-2 6-4 and Australian Open finalist Marcos Baghdatis beat Gael Monfils 7-6 2-6 6-1.

Ninth-seeded American Andy Roddick, a 2005 finalist in Cincinnati, dispatched Belgian Kristof Vliegen 6-4 6-4 to set up a clash with Argentina's Juan Ignacio Chela.

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