Shanghai Flashback: Andy Murray tops Roger Federer and wins title

Andy Murray tops Roger Federer and wins title

Roger Federer and Andy Murray missed the inaugural Shanghai Masters 1000 event in 2009. They stood as the players to beat in China a year later, playing well and reaching the final. Andy claimed a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Roger in an hour and 25 minutes for his sixth Masters 1000 title.

The Briton conquered two Masters 1000 trophies in each of the previous three seasons to become the seventh most successful player at that level since 1990. Shanghai 2010 is Murray’s most convincing Masters 1000 trophy, dropping 25 games in five encounters and wrapping up all the matches in under an hour and a half.

The defending champion Nikolay Davydenko lost in the second round, and the beaten finalist Rafael Nadal fell to Jurgen Melzer. Djokovic, Murray and Federer left in the title chase and advanced into the last four. Roger ousted Novak in the semi-final but could not do much against Andy a day later, finishing on the losing side for the eighth time in 13 clashes against the Briton.

Murray suffered just two breaks of serves en route to the final. Federer failed to add more to that tally, wasting all six break chances and giving serve away four times from eight opportunities offered to Andy. The Swiss never found the desired rhythm, making too many unforced errors and failing to keep the points on his racquet, especially after missing the first serve.

Murray produced a perfect balance of good defensive tennis and controlled aggression, taming his shots nicely and outplaying Roger 29-11 in the mid-range rallies to secure the straight-sets triumph. Andy gained a massive boost already in the opening game, winning four points in a row from 40-15 down to break Federer, who could not keep the backhand wing safe.

Murray confirmed the break with a service winner and created another break opportunity when Roger sprayed a backhand error in game three.

Andy Murray defeated Roger Federer to lift the trophy in Shanghai 2010.

The Swiss stayed focused and played three good shots to put his name on the scoreboard.

Federer created a break chance in game four when Andy’s forehand found the net and wasted it after a terrible drop shot. The Briton hit a service winner on the second serve to bring the game home. He moved 4-2 ahead with a backhand down the line winner in game six, doing everything right in the first 25 minutes.

Federer struggled on serve again in game seven, fending off break points and bringing it home with two winners to stay within one break deficit. Murray found powerful serves when he needed them the most in the eighth game to extend the lead, forcing Federer to serve to stay in the set.

Andy’s defense overpowered Roger’s attacks again, and the Briton cemented the set with another break thanks to impressive winners that sent his confidence over the sky. Nevertheless, Roger had two break points in the second set’s opening game, squandering both before Andy locked it with a service winner for more boost.

The Briton had to repeat everything when he found himself 40-15 down in the third game, keeping his serve intact after Federer’s error and his backhand down the line winner. The Swiss suffered another blow a few minutes later.

He got broken at 30 due to a terrible forehand that landed miles long and allowed Andy to build a 4-1 lead with a backhand winner in the next one. Another comfortable hold pushed Murray 5-2 up, and he lifted the trophy following a break in game eight after Federer’s routine backhand mistake.

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