Shanghai Flashback: Andy Murray beats Roger Federer and wins title on debut

Roger Federer and Andy Murray missed the inaugural Shanghai Masters 1000 event in 2009, and they stood as the players to beat in China a year later. They set the final meeting, and Andy claimed it 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 at this level since 1990. Shanghai 2010 is Murray’s most convincing Masters 1000 trophy, dropping 25 games in five encounters and wrapping up all the matches in under an hour and a half. The defending champion Nikolay Davydenko lost in the second round. At the same time, the beaten finalist Rafael Nadal fell to Jurgen Melzer before the quarters and left Djokovic, Murray and Federer to fight for the crown. Roger ousted Novak in the semis 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, and Federer failed to add more to that tally, wasting all six break chances and giving serve away four times from eight opportunities offered to Andy. 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 produced a perfect balance of good defensive tennis and controlled aggression, taming his shots nicely and outplaying Roger 29-11 in the mid-range rallies to secure the straight-sets triumph. Andy gained a massive boost already in the opening game, winning four points in a row from 40-15 down to break Federer, who could not keep the backhand wing safe. Murray confirmed the break with a service winner and created another break opportunity when Roger sprayed a backhand error in game three.

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

The Swiss stayed focused and played three good shots to get out of jail and put his name on the scoreboard before creating a break chance in the next one when Andy’s forehand found the net, only to waste it after a terrible drop shot. The Briton hit a 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. Federer struggled on serve again and fended off break points in the seventh game to bring it home with two winners and stay within one break deficit. Murray found powerful serves when he needed them the most in the eighth game to extend the lead and force Federer to serve for staying in the set. Andy’s defense once again toppled Federer’s charge, and the Briton cemented the set with another break thanks to impressive winners that sent his confidence over the sky.

Nonetheless, Roger had two break points in the second set’s opening game, squandering both before Andy locked the game with a service winner for another injection of boost. In the third game, the Briton had to repeat everything when he found himself 40-15 down, keeping his serve intact after Federer’s error and his backhand down the line winner to remain in front. A few minutes later, the Swiss suffered another blow when he got broken at 30 due to a terrible forehand that landed miles long and allowed Andy to build a 4-1 lead with a backhand winner in game five. Another comfortable hold pushed Murray 5-2 up, and he wrapped up the title with a break in game eight following Federer’s routine backhand mistake.

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