Murray beats Federer to win Shanghai Masters

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

year.

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

played.

”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

against Roger.”

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

lengthy rally.

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.