THE GRIN REAPER;TENNIS: SHANGHAI MASTERS …

ANDY MURRAY has promised to smile more after he flattened Roger
Federer to clinch the Shanghai RolexMasters.

The Scot put the pain of his early exit at the
US
Open behind him by routing the World
No.2 6-3 6-2.

Murray served up the best tennis of his life to crush Federer in
85 minutes of a final that was as one-sided as the score
suggests.

But Murray – who netted pounds 385,000 and brought his tally of
Masters trophies to six – agreed to show more emotion after having
to be coaxed into smiling for the cameras.

The Chinese crowds have taken to him – some were even waving the
Saltire this week – but can’t fathom his downbeat approach to
success.

However, Murray explained: “I’m shy. I don’t like the cameras.
When there are no cameras I smile. I’ll try and smile a bit more in
future.”

After such an impressive week, he has every reason to grin from
ear to ear. The Scot has grown in stature and confidence with every
match.

Even so, beating Federer in a final of such magnitude – the
Masters events are only one rung below the grand slams in terms of
importance and prestige – takes some doing. And now Murray has done
it twice.

He said: “I enjoy playing Roger. It’s not easy. It’s incredibly
difficult every time but I love the challenge.

“I don’t fear him but I know I could lose the match easily if I
don’t play my best so every time I go on I know I need to play
great tennis to win.

“I don’t know if my game matches up well against Roger’s but
some of my best tennis has been against him.

“It has been a good week. Roger had a couple chances to get back
in the first set and I had a few big serves on some of them.

“He had one big chance with a forehand that he missed.

Applaud

“Apart from that it was a great match for me and I’m
delighted.”

Federer knows only too well that Murray’s game matches up
against his own – he has an 8-5 losing record against the Scot to
prove it.

Federer said: “Andy’s capable of beating anybody right now.
That’s what you have to do and hopefully you can string those
matches together when it matters in grand slams.

“But the tour is not only slams. He’s having another good year.
I’m happy for him because he’s a good player. He was the best here
and deserved it.”

Murray was razor-sharp from the first point. Choosing to let
Federer serve first, he sniffed out an early break and in the
opening game and never looked back.

The Swiss had plenty of chances but every time he made a break
point, Murray snatched it back with a huge serve or Federer missed
the mark with his trademark forehand.

When the Scot secured the first set with two sensational
forehands of his own, Federer knew he was in for a rough night.
Moments later the Swiss was a break down in the second set.

He tried to keep Murray at the back but the Scot’s movement and
power were too much. No matter where Fed served, Murray read it and
pounced.

In reply the Scot mixed up his own serve, sometimes rifling the
ball at 130mph and above and sometimes placing it with pinpoint
accuracy.

Murray was majestic and Federer could only applaud him at the
end of the match.

Meanwhile, Andy’s brother Jamie and Ross Hutchins won the
Tashkent Challenger in Uzbekistan. They came from a set down to pip
Slovak”s Karol Beck and Filip Polasek 2-6 6-4 10-8.

Glasgow’s Jamie Baker and American Kevin Kim were beaten in the
semis of the Tiburon Challenger in California. They lost 4-6, 4-6
to American Ryler Deheart and Canada’s Pierre Duclos.