Britain’s Andy Murray defeated an error-prone Roger Federer 6-3,
6-2 Sunday to win the Shanghai Masters, his second title of the
Fourth-seeded Murray broke Federer’s serve four times while
fighting off six break points. Murray also served six aces, while
the third-seeded Swiss had three.
Murray, who didn’t drop a set in the tournament, has now beaten
Federer eight times in 13 meetings, including the last two.
Murray’s win was also the most lopsided match the two have
”I love the challenge of playing against him. I don’t fear
playing him,” Murray said. ”I don’t know if my game matches up
well against his or not, but I’ve played some of my best tennis
Federer, who will rise one place to No. 2 in the rankings as a
result of reaching the final, was attempting to win his 64th career
title. That would have tied him with Pete Sampras for fourth on the
all-time titles list.
After easily beating Robin Soderling in the quarterfinals and
Novak Djokovic in the semifinals, Federer struggled to keep the
ball in play against Murray, particularly on the forehand side.
Federer hit three forehand errors and a double fault to give
Murray a break in the first game of the match. The Scot then broke
Federer a second time to win the set by chasing down a drop shot
and flicking a forehand into the open court for a winner.
”I got a lot of free points on my serve,” Murray said. ”I
didn’t give him any chances to go for it. I threw some with a lot
of kick on, some slice, some into his forehand.”
Federer had four break chances to come back early in the second
set, but Murray saved them all with several well-placed serves and
– on the last one – a backhand passing shot down the line to end a
Federer never challenged Murray’s serve again and dropped his
own serve twice more to lose the match.
”Missing so many important shots, really, over and over again,
obviously took a lot of my confidence away and then the target
seemed to get smaller and smaller and that’s definitely to his
credit and a pity for me,” Federer said.
After beating Federer in Toronto in August to win his first
title of the year, Murray failed to get past the quarterfinals in
his next three tournaments, including the U.S. Open where he lost
in the third round.
With his third-round win Thursday, Murray also became the fourth
player to qualify for the ATP World Tour Finals in London next
month, joining top-ranked Rafael Nadal, Federer and Djokovic.
Federer was playing his first tournament since losing to
Djokovic in the semifinals of the U.S. Open. He has won two titles
this year, including the Australian Open, where he defeated Murray
in straight sets.