Shanghai Flashback: Roger Federer loses to Andy Murray in straight sets



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Shanghai Flashback: Roger Federer loses to Andy Murray in straight sets

Roger Federer and Andy Murray had an entertaining rivalry in 2012, facing each other five times in the semis and finals. Federer overpowered the Briton in Dubai and Wimbledon before Murray responded in the Olympic Games final to secure the gold medal for Great Britain.

Their next clash came in the Shanghai Masters semi-final, where Andy toppled Roger 6-4, 6-4 for the tenth victory over the Swiss from 18 encounters. It was the third straight title match for Andy in Shanghai, winning titles in 2010 and 2011 and hoping for a three-peat.

Murray needed an hour and 38 minutes to beat Federer, serving at only 53% but doing everything right behind the initial shot to keep the pressure on the other side. Taking 26 out of 30 points after landing the first serve in, Murray faced only one break point, losing serve on that occasion but taking almost half of the return points to deliver three breaks from 11 opportunities and march over the top.

Andy Murray defeated Roger Federer in the 2012 Shanghai semi-final.

Andy won 13 points more than Roger, hitting more winners and forcing more errors from the great rival to outplay him in the shortest rallies up to four strokes and bring the victory home.

The Briton landed a forehand crosscourt winner in the first game to steal Roger's serve at 15 before spraying a backhand mistake in the next one to lose the advantage and bring Federer back to 1-1. In game three, the Swiss fended off a break point with a forehand winner and held after a couple of deuces before losing serve at love at 2-2 following a double fault.

Murray confirmed the break and opened a 4-2 lead, playing well and holding with an ace in game eight to remain in front. Federer closed the ninth game with a forehand winner and needed a break in the next one if he wanted to prolong the set.

Instead, Murray fired a service winner to bring the opener home after 43 minutes, producing high-level tennis and hoping for more of the same in the rest of the clash. The second set's first game was the most thrilling one, lasting for almost 20 minutes with a rain delay and finishing in the hands of Roger Federer, who denied no less than seven break chances and sealed it with an ace for a massive boost.

Roger lost serve from 40-0 up at 2-2 following Andy's return winner, and the Briton landed a service winner to forge a 4-2 advantage. The Briton held at 30 with a booming ace in game eight and served for the triumph at 5-4 when they faced another rain delay.

Returning to the court after over half an hour, Andy held at 15 and pushed himself into the third consecutive Shanghai final, facing Novak Djokovic in the battle for the title.