Murray routs Federer for Shanghai title

Andy Murray of Britain holds the winners trophy as he stands next to Roger Federer of Switzerland...

Andy Murray of Britain holds the winners trophy as he stands next to Roger Federer of Switzerland after their final at the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament, October 17, 2010. (REUTERS/Aly Song)

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Andy Murray rolled to a surprisingly easy straight-set victory over Roger Federer to capture the title at the Shanghai Masters.

The fourth-seeded Murray needed just 85 minutes to post a 6-3, 6-2 rout of the third-seeded Federer for his second title of 2010 and the 16th of his career. He also denied the 16-time Grand Slam champion of his 64th crown, which would have tied Pete Sampras for fourth all-time.

Both of Murray's titles this year have come at the expense of Federer, as the Scotsman also bested the Swiss superstar at the U.S. Open tuneup in Toronto this summer. Federer did beat Murray for the Australian Open championship back in January, but Murray now owns a record of 8-5 in the all-time series.

"I enjoy playing him," Murray said when asked about his record against Federer. "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."

Federer fell to 2-4 in finals this year. In addition to the three title matches against Murray, he won the Cincinnati Masters and lost at Madrid and Halle. Murray is 2-2 in finals this year, as his other title match was a loss to Sam Querrey in Los Angeles.

On Sunday, it was all Murray. He broke Federer's serve four times in eight chances and saved all six break points against his own serve. He also dominated Federer's second serve, winning 16 of those 21 points.

"I thought he played well overall," Federer remarked. "He didn't give me much. I was missing a few too many shots. 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."

Murray broke Federer to start the match and saved break points in both the fourth and eighth games before claiming the opening set with a passing shot.

Federer failed with two chances to break Murray's serve in the first game of the second set and also had a pair of break points in the third. Murray saved both, then broke serve in the fourth game and finished the match in the eighth when Federer netted a backhand volley.

"I'm very, very pleased," Murray added. "I served great, especially when I was behind in the games. I hit the ball well from the back of the court. Against Roger you have to go after it early. I returned his serve well tonight and got a lot of free points on my serve; my second serve has improved so much since the start of the season."

Murray captured his sixth Masters crown and kept Federer from winning his 18th, which would have tied him for the most with Rafael Nadal.

Federer, who had not dropped a set this week entering Sunday's final, committed 30 unforced errors in the match. After beating Novak Djokovic in the semifinals on Saturday, he will still move from third to second in the ATP rankings next week.

"I had a good tournament," Federer said. "I thought I played well this week. Had some great wins against [Robin] Soderling, [John] Isner, [Andreas] Seppi, also [Novak] 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."

Murray collected a first prize of $616,500.


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