Shanghai 2010: Andy Murray downs Roger Federer for the perfect debut


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Shanghai 2010: Andy Murray downs Roger Federer for the perfect debut

Roger Federer and Andy Murray had both missed the inaugural Shanghai Masters 1000 event in 2009 but they were the players to beat in China a year later, setting the final meeting that Andy won 6-3 6-2 in an hour and 25 minutes for his sixth Masters 1000 title, conquering two in each of the previous three seasons to become the seventh most successful player of the Masters 1000 series. The Briton has won 14 Masters 1000 titles so far but this one in Shanghai 2010 was the most convincing one, dropping 25 games in five matches and wrapping up all the encounters in under an hour and a half for his second title of the season after Toronto.

The defending champion Nikolay Davydenko was stunned in the second round while the beaten finalist Rafael Nadal failed to Jurgen Melzer before the quarters, leaving Djokovic, Murray and Federer to fight for the crown. Roger ousted Novak in the semis but he couldn't do much against Andy, ending on the losing side for the eighth time in 13 matches against the Briton.

Murray suffered just two breaks of serves en route to the final and Roger failed to add more numbers to that tally, wasting all six break points he created and giving his serve away four times from eight opportunities he gave to Andy to end on the losing side.

The Swiss had never settled into the desired rhythm, making too many unforced errors and failing to keep the points on his racquet, especially after missing the first serve. It was a perfect balance of good defensive tennis and controlled aggression from Murray, taming his shots nicely and outplaying Roger 29-11 in the mid-range rallies to secure the win in straight sets.

Andy earned a huge boost already in the opening game, winning four points in a row from 40-15 down to break Federer who was yet to find his zone, especially from the backhand wing. Murray confirmed the break with a service winner in game two and he created another break point in game three when Roger sprayed another backhand error.

The Swiss stayed focused and he played three good points to get out of jail and put his name on the scoreboard. He created a break point in the following game when Andy's forehand found the net, only to waste it after a terrible drop shot from a great position to chose where he will place the ball.

Andy hit the service winner on the second serve to bring the game home and he moved 4-2 ahead with a backhand down the line winner in game six, doing everything right in the first 25 minutes of the match. Federer struggled on serve again in game seven, fending off break points to secure the hold with two winners, staying within one break deficit.

Murray hit an ace in the eighth game to repel the break point, delivering another good serve to close the game and move 5-3 in front, forcing Roger to serve for staying in the set. Murray's defense once again toppled Federer's charge and the Briton cemented the set with another break thanks to amazing winners that sent his confidence over the sky before the start of the second set.

Nonetheless, Roger had two break points in the opening game of set number two but he squandered both before Andy locked the game with a service winner for another injection of confidence. The Briton had to repeat all that in the third game when he found himself 40-15 down, keeping his serve intact after an error from Roger and his backhand down the line winner that kept him 2-1 ahead.

Federer suffered another blow in the following game when he got broken at 30 due to a terrible forehand that landed miles long, allowing Andy to build a 4-1 lead with a backhand winner in game five. Another easy hold pushed Murray 5-2 up and he wrapped up the title with another break in game eight when Roger failed to send a routine backhand winner over the net.

Thus, Andy Murray ended his first Shanghai trip with the trophy in his hands and he would be one of the leading players there in the years to come as well. Results from the quarter-final stage:

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