Shanghai Flashback: Andy Murray beats David Ferrer and defends title

Andy Murray beats David Ferrer and defends title

Like the previous three seasons, Andy Murray secured two Masters 1000 titles in 2011, conquering Cincinnati and Shanghai and becoming the seventh player with at least eight Masters 1000 trophies. Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic were not in Shanghai, and Rafael Nadal failed to reach the quarter-final for the second year in a row.

It left the door wide open for Andy Murray and David Ferrer to set the final meeting, and the Briton prevailed 7-5, 6-4 in an hour and 46 minutes to extend his Shanghai reign. Murray earned the fifth victory over Ferrer in eight encounters and the fourth in a row, all on hard courts.

The Briton was the dominant figure behind the first serve, and despite problems on the second, he faced only four break chances and lost serve twice. It was the third Masters 1000 final for Ferrer, who failed to find the first serve or the way to outplay Andy.

The Spaniard served at only 44% and dropped almost half of the points behind the initial shot to get broken four times from nine opportunities offered to Murray. Andy had more winners and fewer unforced errors, overpowering David in the shortest and extended rallies to deliver the title in straight sets.

Two fine baseliners were off to a grueling battle from the first point. Murray secured a break after ten minutes and five deuces to move ahead when Ferrer felt a forehand long. David responded with a break in game two after Andy’s loose backhand and held at 15 with a forehand drive winner that pushed him 2-1 up.

Murray fired three service winners in the fourth game and held at love at 2-3 to stay on the positive side. Both players served well in the following games, and the crucial moment happened at 5-5. Andy grabbed four points in a row to score a break after David’s expensive double fault.

Murray blasted two aces in the next one to clinch the opener 7-5 after 55 minutes and gained a massive boost ahead of the rest of the clash.

Andy Murray defended the Shanghai title in 2011 over David Ferrer.

Things went from bad to worse for the Spaniard, spraying a forehand error to suffer a break at the beginning of the second set.

Like the opening set, Murray could not stay in front for too long. He missed a routine forehand to get broken in the second game, bringing David into contention. Nevertheless, a beautiful forehand lob winner propelled Andy 2-1 in front, and he confirmed the break with a service winner to move closer to the finish line.

Flying over the court in those moments, Murray earned another break point with a backhand winner in the fifth game that could have crashed Ferrer’s resistance. David saved it with a good serve and hit a smash winner to repel another and bring the game home to remain within one break deficit.

Andy held at love in game six, and David showed his skills in the one that followed to keep the rival’s pace. The Spaniard fended off a break opportunity with a magical backhand crosscourt winner to survive another challenging game.

Murray made another comfortable hold with a smash winner in the eighth game and served for the title at 5-4 after Ferrer’s good service game. A service winner and a forced error were enough for the Briton to cross the finish line and celebrate his second consecutive Shanghai crown.

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