Murray strolls into Shanghai Masters final

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Andy Murray: beats Gilles Simon
Andy Murray: beats Gilles Simon

Andy Murray is through to the finals of the Shanghai Rolex Masters, knocking out French star, Gilles Simon in two straight sets, 6-4 6-3.

The Briton will now meet 15th seed Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut, who had earlier knocked out defending champion and world number one, Novak Djokovic.

The BBC reported that an enraged Djokovic tore his shirt and smashed his racket after losing to the Spaniard

The Shanghai Masters will be Murray’s second successive final in two weeks, having also won the China Open title, last week.

Murray is reportedly not happy that his starring partner on Sunday will not be Djokovic.

His victory against Simon was totally not a walk in the park.

He had to earn it.

He was broken in the very first game of the match, setting the tone for a compelling opening set.

After six successive breaks of serve Murray capitalised on a set point when, having been lobbed himself, he raced back and produced a sublime backhand lob of his own.

The first set took 53 minutes, but Murray clicked into a higher gear in the second, pulling away from the determined yet beleaguered Simon.

And the match seemed done and dusted when Murray was serving for a place in the final at 5-1, only for a combination of Simon’s grit and the Scot’s serving errors to keep both men on court.

That quickly became back-to-back games for Simon, leaving Murray under some pressure in his second attempt to serve out the match.

But Murray thrives under such pressure, and sent down an ace to seal his place in yet another final.

 

 


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