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.