What a result this morning out of Shanghai. I wasn’t awake to see the match – I’m sure Tennis Channel will have a replay later – but it was Murray ripping Roger Federer 6-3, 6-2 to win the Shanghai Tennis Masters title.
“I enjoy playing him,” said Murray who didn’t drop a set all week en route to his 16th career ATP title. “I don’t find it easy at all. It’s incredibly difficult every time. But I love the challenge of playing against him. I don’t fear playing him. Every time I go on, I know I need to play great tennis to win against him. I don’t know if my game matches up well against his or not. But I’ve played some of my best tennis against Roger.”
Credit to the Scot. He does enjoy playing Roger – unless it’s a Grand Slam final!
Federer his 70% first serves but still was broken four times by Murray who dominated the Swiss on second serve winning 76% of them! And Federer won just five points on Murray’s first offering, and went 0-for-6 on break chances against the Scot who was aided by some key big serves.
“I served really big today,” said Murray who served six aces behind only 53% first serves. “Got a lot of free points on my serve. You know, I can still work on the variation a little bit on my serve. But, I mean, my second serve the first serve was good my second serve this week was very good I thought. Especially tonight, I didn’t give him any chances to go for it. I threw some with a lot of kick on, some slice, some into his forehand. Really varied that well, which sometimes against him I haven’t necessarily done.”
Murray, who improves to 6-1 career in Masters finals, has now won four straight sets over Federer, both in finals and leads Fed 8-5 in the H2H.
“For those who saw it, they saw a close match with some chances on my side.,” Federer said. “Because he’s such a good return player, he’s always going to create even more chances once he has the break. That’s why he’s a guy that can break you a couple times a set. Can’t read too much into the scores.”
Federer added, “I thought he played well overall. He didn’t give me much, you know. The usual style he plays. I was missing a few too many shots, which I wish I hadn’t because that could have definitely maybe swung momentum around, given me more confidence to play more sort of forward, more attacking. But missing so many important shots really over and over again obviously took a lot of my confidence away. Then the targets seemed to get smaller and smaller. That’s definitely his credit, a pity for me. But I had a good tournament. I thought I played well this week. Had some great wins against Soderling, Isner, Seppi, also Djokovic. I’m very happy with where my game is at. Today could have been better. But, look, Andy was the best player of the tournament so he deserved it.”
With Annacone in his box Federer remains titleless – Annacone was not in Cincinnati. Federer’s busy fall schedule takes him back to Europe to Stockholm where he’ll play the winner of Taylor Dent and Michal Przysiezny. Robin Soderling and Tomas Berdych are also in the field.
The Tennis Channel will air a replay of the final at noon Eastern time.
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