Guys,I know I've already posted an article on the match,but it's so rare that the DM takes Andy's side over Federer,and even rarer that any paper actually calls Smugfed out on his crap,that I felt this deserved posting :
Murray blows apart Federer mind games to set up Shanghai final with Djokovic
Andy Murray defied an act of blatant gamesmanship from world No 1 Roger Federer in China on Saturday to claim an appointment in the final of the Shanghai Masters on Sunday morning with Novak Djokovic, in a rematch of his US Open triumph.
Effectively, Federer stopped play. But his attempt to play mind games with Murray, a man who gets under his skin, ultimately failed.
For the British No 1 dealt admirably with an unexpected delay at the start of the second set, when Federer insisted a few spots of rain had made the court dangerous.
Murray's 6-4, 6-4 victory over Federer means he has now won his last five sets of tennis against the world No 1, having dismantled his game to win the Olympic gold medal on the Centre Court at Wimbledon in the summer.
Of course, Federer had just three weeks earlier broken Murray's heart when he came from a set behind to win the Wimbledon title after the roof had to be shut on Centre Court.
Perhaps that memory was at the forefront of his mind in Shanghai as Federer struggled, as he had done in the Olympic final, to come to terms with Murray's aggressive style of tennis.
With the first set lost, Federer demanded umpire Ali Nili halt their semi-final after sighting a few spots of rain in the opening game of the second set.
'I don't think it's worth taking any chances,' argued Federer, as he presented the flimsiest of evidence for a suspension of the match when ATP supervisor Tom Barnes appeared on the court to adjudicate.
Federer's real problem was Murray. The world No 1 had just saved a sixth break point in the opening service game of the second set and the perception was that he wanted to break the rhythm of a match getting away from him when he entered his plea to interrupt play.
He advocated a delay and made it plain he would like the roof over the $200million stadium to be closed.
At all times, Federer was polite and calm; but the longer he kept the dialogue alive with Nili, the more chance he felt he had in breaking Murray's spell over him.
Murray was visibly displeased.
'Is there rain forecast?' he asked Barnes. 'Are we going to keep playing while the roof is closing?'
Federer just sat in his chair waiting for the roof to be mechanically driven into action.
He was at liberty to state his case and his status as the most successful player in history, with 17 Grand Slam titles, gave him an entitlement unlikely to be afforded to others.
Eventually, play resumed without the roof being shut but Federer had manufactured a delay of more than six minutes.
He held his service game but, with poetic justice, Federer fell a break down when he was broken in the fifth game.
It began to rain seriously just before Murray had a chance to serve for the match, at 5-4, but this second suspension of 29 minutes failed to break Murray's concentration and he finished off Federer with minimal fuss.
While Federer's rivalry with Rafael Nadal has always been conducted with the utmost sportsmanship, the 31-year-old Swiss has never had the same rapport with Murray.
Even though Federer has a losing record against the Scot, he is always swift to point out that he has won the matches that matter most; in the US Open final, twice, the Australian Open and the Wimbledon final.
But Murray's triumph in the Olympic final and his historic win over Djokovic in the US Open final, bringing to an end a 76-year search to find a successor to Fred Perry, could have tilted the power in his favour.
It definitely looked like that on Saturday.
'When you are beating probably the best player of all time, it's obviously going to be special,' said Murray last night.
'I went for it, like I did the past few times I played against him, and it worked tonight.'
Federer, clearly, felt he had been engaged in a different match to the one witnessed by the 15,000 in the stadium.
'Overall, Andy was just the better player and he deserved to win at the end really,' he said.
In reality, Federer came close to losing his renowned cool on more than one occasion and the extent to which Murray now pressurises him could be gauged by the fact that he served three doubles faults in a row in the first set.
Djokovic will today present a greater threat to Murray, who won an epic five-set contest between them in New York last month. 'I don't like the word "revenge",' said Djokovic.
'I just play tennis and I try to win every match I play.'
So does Murray, regardless of the circumstances he finds himself in these days ... as Federer discovered.http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/tennis/article-2217208/Andy-Murray-beats-Roger-Federer-face-Novak-Djokovic-Shanghai-Masters-final.html