On this day: Andy Murray tops Roger Federer for perfect Shanghai debut


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On this day: Andy Murray tops Roger Federer for perfect Shanghai debut

Roger Federer and Andy Murray had both missed the inaugural Shanghai Masters 1000 event in 2009, standing as the players to beat in China a year later, setting the final meeting that Andy claimed 6-3, 6-2 in an hour and 25 minutes on October 17 for his sixth Masters 1000 title, conquering two in each of the previous three seasons to become the seventh most successful player at this level.

The Briton claimed 14 Masters 1000 titles so far and this one in Shanghai 2010 was the most convincing one, dropping 25 games in five encounters and wrapping up all the matches in under an hour and a half for his second title of the season after Toronto.

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

Murray suffered just two breaks of serves en route to the final and Roger failed to add more to that tally, wasting all six break chances and giving serve away four times from eight opportunities offered to Andy, settling for the runner-up spot.

The Swiss never found 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 victory in straight sets.

Andy gained a massive boost already in the opening game, winning four points in a row from 40-15 down to break Federer who had troubles to keep the backhand wing safe. Murray confirmed the break with a service winner and created another break point in game three when Roger sprayed a backhand error.

The Swiss stayed focused and played three good shots to get out of jail and put his name on the scoreboard, creating a break point in the next game when Andy's forehand found the net, only to waste it after a terrible drop shot from a great position.

Andy hit the service winner on the second serve to bring the game home and 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, fending off break points in the seventh game to secure the hold with two winners, staying within one break deficit and hoping for some opportunities on the return.

It came a few minutes later before Murray hit an ace to avoid the setback, 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 second set.

Nonetheless, Roger had two break points in the opening game of set number two, squandering both before Andy locked the game with a service winner for another injection of determination. 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 Federer and his backhand down the line winner that kept him 2-1 ahead.

The Swiss suffered another blow in the next 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 comfortable hold pushed Murray 5-2 up, wrapping up the title with another break in game eight when Roger failed to send a routine backhand over the net.

Thus, Andy Murray completed his first Shanghai trip with the trophy in his hands and would be one of the leading players there in the years to come as well.