18 Oct 2010

Murray crushes Fed in Shanghai Masters final

5:44 am on 18 October 2010

Roger Federer tried to put a brave face on his Shanghai Tennis Masters performance despite being crushed by Andy Murray in the final 6-3 6-2.

The Swiss felt the tennis gods were against him in the match, with fourth-ranked Scot Murray defeating Federer in their second consecutive Masters final meeting.

Murray's victory denied Federer the chance to equal the all-time best of 18 Masters titles held by Rafael Nadal.

But by way of solace, Federer will return to second in the world rankings after defeating Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals.