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January 30,2023

Murray defeats Federer in Shanghai, plays Djokovic for title

Watch the final live here: Murray vs Djokovic Live Shanghai Masters 2012 Final

You can see the game by game report of the Murray – Fed match here: Murray vs Federer As It Happened

Andy Murray delivered an accomplished performance in Shanghai to defeat World No.1 Roger Federer in straight sets 6-4 6-4. With the victory, he has now won 12 straight matches in Shanghai and has a great chance in taking the trophy for the third time in a row. Murray also extends the head to head with Federer to 10-8 over his career.

Despite a greater first serve percentage than Murray in the match, it has to be said Federer’s serve did not help his cause today. It showed in the opening game when he managed to get just one of five in as Murray broke to 15 to get off to a great start. Against Marin Cilic, Federer had responded well to dropping his serve and did so again, attacking the backhand of Murray and earning a break point when it eventually broke down. Federer would get the break with a Murray error that went wide – the Scot would challenge but it would be futile.

Murray would threaten the Federer serve once more but would be denied by some big serving. He wouldn’t be denied the next time round though after an utterly bizarre service game from Federer. Three double faults in a row from 0-15 would gift Murray the break and a 4-2 lead. Later serving for a 5-3 lead, Murray would catch the serving bug and open up with a double fault of his own but emphatically held from then, finishing off with 2 aces. He would have a slight opening at 30-30 to then break for the set but Federer would keep his nerve to force Murray to close it out. His fourth ace of the match would set up two set points, the first being taken when Federer put a second serve return long.

A marathon game to open the second set, containing seven Murray break points and a mini rain delay, was finally taken by Federer but not without huge fight. Despite his previous wastefulness, the emotional Murray that often appeared in the past did not turn up as he stayed calm, holding with ease almost every time. Murray can’t convert a 0-30 in the next return game but would break through in the next.  Federer would drop serve from 40-0, as Murray continued with some brilliant returning ending with a forehand down the line return winner that looked like it would drop out for some time. Successive holds by the pair saw Murray needing to serve the match out at 5-4… when the rain struck. The delay had no impact on Murray, who would calmly serve it out to 15 to move into the final.

In Sunday’s final, Murray will play Serb Novak Djokovic, who overcame Tomas Berdych of Czech Republic in straight sets 6-3 6-4.

Aaron Higgs
Aaron Higgs
Experienced tennis writer with a focus on event previews and results.

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