Andy Murray Successfully Defended His Shanghai Rolex Masters Crown

The Shanghai Rolex Masters Winner

Andy Murray from “Great Britain” achieved his dream to win the hat-trick on the ATP World Tour series in Asia. Murray won his third ATP World Tour title in three weeks in Asia as he retained his Shanghai Rolex Masters crown with a 7-5, 6-4 victory over third seed David Ferrer on Sunday. These results are at once led Murray displacing Roger Federer at World No. 3 in the South African Airways 2011 ATP Rankings.

His Shanghai Rolex Masters 2011 crown was Murray’s fifth success of the year. Earlier Andy Murray has won the AEGON Championships in June in London (beat Tsonga in the finals), then Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati (beat Djokovic in the finals), the next two titles in Asia before the PTT Thailand Open (defeating D. Young in the Final ) and Rakuten Japan Open (beating Nadal in the Final).

Other accomplishments achieved by the 24-year-old is reaching the final round at Australian Open (lost to Djokovic), Roland Garros semi-finals and Wimbeldon (lost to Nadal). In the last series of the Grand Slam this year’s U.S. Open, he also reached the semi-finals, but unfortunately he failed to the finals after losing to Nadal.

“It’s been one of the best runs of my life,” said Murray. “I’ve played very, very well the last few weeks. I was very nervous today because I wanted to win here and defend my title. I’m very happy to come through. Ferrer’s one of the toughest players on the tour and one of the best people; it’s a pleasure to share the court with him. I love playing here; it’s one of my favourite places to play.”

In a 10-minute first game Murray ended Ferrer’s run of 31 successive service holds as he broke through to lead 1-0. His lead was shortlived, though, as Ferrer immediately hit back to draw level. The Spaniard paid the price for three unforced errors in succession, including a double fault, as he surrendered his serve in the 11th game and this time Murray did not let him off the hook, serving out the 56-minute opener.

In the same scenario as the first set, Murray squandered a break in the first service game of the second set, but was able to regain his lead in the third game with a forehand lob winner. Under pressure, Ferrer fended off two break points in the fifth game, but could find no way to penetrate Murray’s defences on serve and the Scot wrapped up victory in one hour and 45 minutes. He also defeated Ferrer last week in the Tokyo semi-finals and improved to a 5-3 lead in their FedEx ATP Head2Head standings.

Ferrer, who finished runner-up in an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final for the third time in his career, said, “I fought a lot, but today it was impossible to beat Andy. He’s a very good player and person. I didn’t serve really good this match, also because Andy received very well and I had to play closer to the lines. Andy was better than me in the second set. Maybe in the first set I had my chances. [But] I played so bad this game [at 5-5]. After I had a long time serving very bad. Anyway, is difficult to beat Andy in these moments. He is playing with [a lot of] confidence.”

“I enjoyed the week a lot. Here in Shanghai, I’ve had the best moments of my career; I reached the final [of the Tennis Masters Cup] in 2007 and again this year. I hope to win next year.”

Murray, who had defeated Federer in the final a year earlier, captured his eighth ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crown, taking him to joint-sixth place with Thomas Muster on the title leaders list (since 1990).

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