Shanghai Flashback: Andy Murray wins title over Roger Federer

Andy Murray ousted Roger Federer in straight sets in the 2010 Shanghai final

by Jovica Ilic
Shanghai Flashback: Andy Murray wins title over Roger Federer
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Roger Federer and Andy Murray debuted at the Shanghai Masters in 2010. They were the players to beat in China that year, reaching the title clash and battling for the trophy. Andy secured a rock-solid 6-3, 6-2 triumph in an hour and 25 minutes, lifting his sixth Masters 1000 trophy.

Murray delivered a couple of Masters 1000 titles in the previous three seasons, climbing through the list and becoming the seventh most successful player of the series. Andy played at a high level from start to finish, dropping 25 games in five encounters and completing victories in under an hour and a half.

The defending champion Nikolay Davydenko lost in the second round, and the beaten finalist Rafael Nadal fell to Jurgen Melzer. Djokovic, Murray and Federer left in the title chase and advanced into the last four. Roger ousted Novak in the semi-final but could not do much against Andy a day later, finishing 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. Federer failed to add more to that tally, wasting all six break chances and giving serve away four times from eight opportunities offered to Murray. 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.

Murray delivered a perfect balance of good defensive tennis and controlled aggression. He tamed his shots nicely and outplayed Federer 29-11 in the mid-range rallies to secure the straight-sets triumph. Murray gained a massive boost already in the encounter's opening game.

The Briton won four points in a row from 40-15 down to break the Swiss, who could not keep the backhand wing safe. Andy confirmed the break with a service winner before creating another break opportunity when Roger sprayed a backhand error in game three.

The Swiss stayed focused and played three good shots to put his name on the scoreboard.

Andy Murray defeated Roger Federer to lift the trophy in Shanghai 2010.

Federer created a break chance in game four when Andy's forehand found the net, wasting it after a terrible drop shot.

The Briton hit a service winner on the second serve to bring the game home and maintain his lead. He moved 4-2 ahead with a backhand down the line winner in game six, doing everything right in the first 25 minutes. Federer struggled on serve again in game seven, fending off break points and bringing it home with two winners to stay within one break deficit.

Murray found powerful serves when he needed them the most in the eighth game to extend the lead, forcing Federer to serve to stay in the set. Andy's defense overpowered Roger's attacks again, and the Briton cemented the set with another break thanks to impressive winners that sent his confidence over the sky.

Roger had two break points in the second set's opening game, squandering both before Andy locked it with a service winner for more boost. The Briton had to repeat everything when he found himself 40-15 down in the third game.

He kept his serve intact after Federer's error and his backhand down the line winner. The Swiss suffered another blow a few minutes later. 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 the next one.

Another comfortable hold pushed Murray 5-2 up, and he lifted the trophy following a break in game eight after Federer's routine backhand mistake.

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