The 21 year old won his first ATP Masters Series title in his first final in August at Cincinnati with victory over Novak Djokovic, and followed with an appearance in his maiden Grand Slam final at the US Open, where he lost out to Federer in straight sets.
In the final he will face Frenchman Gilles Simon who produced an exhilarating 3-6, 7-5, 7-6(6) victory over World No. 1 Rafael Nadal. Match Report
"He's a very different player, he plays a long way behind the baseline, doesn´t have a whole lot of power, he has got a lot of confidence just now," assessed Murray. "He doesn't make many mistakes and he's in very good shape, he's quick around the court, has great anticipation and fights for every point which, because of his game style, he needs to. He does that very well and his results this week have proved that."
On Saturday, the Dunblane native produced a fine serving display to avenge his Flushing Meadows loss to Federer, firing 14 aces and surrendering just eight points on first serve throughout the 1 hr., 56 min., encounter.
Too many errors proved costly for the Scot early on of his fifth meeting with Federer (Murray leads 3-2) and the Swiss capitalized to break serve in the sixth game and go on to close out the opening set.
Murray was quick to turn the tables though, breaking the Swiss’ serve in the fourth game of the second set with aggressive play at the net and later leveling the match with a rifling forehand winner when serving at 5-3.
The right-handed Murray was guilty of not converting his opportunities early in the third set as he squandered six break point chances. However, he finally got his break through at the seventh time of asking, taking the play to Federer with a daring backhand up the line at 5-5, catching the Swiss off balance. The responding forehand landed long from Federer to hand Murray the crucial break, which he turned into his third victory over Federer.
"I am obviously playing great tennis," said Murray, who ranked the performance among his top five matches this season. "I am happy to be back playing some of my best tennis so quickly after a long break; I just stayed relatively calm and found the big shot at the right time."
"I thought Andy served very well today," said Federer. "It's a frustrating loss because there's not a whole lot you can do because the serving was so good today. I thought it was a good week. I feel like I'm playing well, I'm moving well, that's the way I want to feel. I don't have any physical problems, so I can really concentrate point by point, which hasn't been the case this year, so it's a very good sign."
Also a titlist at Doha (d. Wawrinka) and Marseille (d. Ancic) earlier in the season, Murray remains on course to claim his fourth ATP title of the season and would become just the third player to do so together with Rafael Nadal (8) and Juan Martin del Potro (4).
Murray, who is tied for most ATP titles in a season with compatriot Mark Cox, who won three times in 1975, is trying to become the first British player to win four ATP titles in the Open Era.
Murray, who has already secured his place for the first time at Tennis Masters Cup Shanghai, is bidding to become the first player to win back-to-back titles at ATP Masters Series Cincinnati and Madrid (since 2002).
The 27-year-old Federer (pictured right) has yet to win an ATP Masters Series event this season and should he fail in Paris, where he has never reached the final, it would be the first time since 2003 that he has not win during the year.
"Obviously, I would love to win my first Masters Series of the year," said Federer. "I've actually not played too bad in Masters Series, I just happen to run into a really good player at the time. I had some tough losses here and there, I thought quite a few maybe could have gone my way. I have one more chance in Paris, so we'll see if I go there and try and get it there otherwise I hope to go to Shanghai and try to get the big one there."
The Oberwil resident surrendered his No. 1 South African Airways ATP Ranking to Rafael Nadal on August 18 after a 237-week reign, but responded with his 13th Grand Slam title at the US Open. He also titled at Estoril (d. Davydenko) and Halle (d. Kohlschreiber) earlier in the season.
The four-time Tennis Masters Cup champion has already secured his place at the season-ending event in Shanghai for the seventh straight year.