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  Andy Murray claims place in Shanghai Masters final as Novak Djokovic loses

Andy Murray claims place in Shanghai Masters final as Novak Djokovic loses

AFP
Published : Oct 16, 2016, 12:23 am IST
Updated : Oct 16, 2016, 12:23 am IST

Andy Murray blasted his way into the Shanghai Masters final on Saturday but holder Novak Djokovic angrily smashed his racquet and ripped his shirt as he crashed out to Roberto Bautista.

Roberto Bautista celebrates after defeating Novak Djokovic. (Photo: AP)
 Roberto Bautista celebrates after defeating Novak Djokovic. (Photo: AP)

Andy Murray blasted his way into the Shanghai Masters final on Saturday but holder Novak Djokovic angrily smashed his racquet and ripped his shirt as he crashed out to Roberto Bautista.

Murray was made to work in a rollercoaster first set against Gilles Simon featuring seven breaks of serve, 37-shot rallies and bursts of irritable chatter from the Scot.

 

But he came through 6-4, 6-3 to set up a final against Spain’s Bautista, who extended top-ranked Djokovic’s miserable run of form with a thrilling win against the Serb.

The defending champion and 12-time Grand Slam champion was broken once in the first set and three times in the second as he lost 6-4, 6-4 in his first defeat to the Spaniard.

Djokovic has been out of sorts since he won his first French Open title in June, losing early at Wimbledon and the Olympics and complaining he had lost motivation.

The 29-year-old Serb, whose top ranking is under threat from Andy Murray, hummed to keep up his spirits during his quarter-final escape against German qualifier Mischa Zverev.

 

But the three-time champion failed to keep his cool in a stormy appearance at Shanghai’s Qi Zhong Tennis Centre as he suffered a rare defeat in China.

Nineteenth-ranked Bautista put away two brilliant forehands as he fought off break points in the ninth game, and he then pounced as Djokovic was serving to stay in the first set.

A sublime disguised lob set up break point and when Djokovic fired wide to hand over the set, he snapped and repeatedly slammed his racquet into the deck.

Djokovic grabbed a towel and cleaned up his racquet splinters as the second set got underway, but tempers frayed again at 1-1 over a serve he felt was long.

“Are you seeing anything today Are you seeing anything ” fumed the Serb, gesticulating at the Brazilian chair umpire Carlos Bernardes.

 

Then Djokovic, angry at failing to secure a break point in game five, theatrically tore his shirt at the neck and went to change it mid-game, receiving a time violation warning.

They exchanged breaks before Djokovic was broken again to be left staring at defeat — only to save three match points before getting it back on serve in a tense game nine.

But a forehand into the net brought up a fourth match point on his own serve, and this time Bautista grabbed the opportunity as he arrowed a pass down the line.

“I’m so happy,” said Bautista, after beating Djokovic at the sixth attempt to reach his first Masters final. “I’m just so happy how I’ve played this week.

 

Wozniacki in final Hong Kong: Caroline Wozniacki fought her way to the Hong Kong Open final on Saturday after beating defending champion Jelena Jankovic 6-3, 6-4.

The currently 22nd-ranked Wozniacki will face France’s Kristina Mladenovic, ranked 54, on Sunday. Mladenovic defeated Australian Daria Gavrilova, ranked 38 in the world, 7-5, 6-3.

Gavrilova was visibly upset, and threw her racket onto the ground in frustration during contested games in the second set, which was played in the heat of the afternoon sun.

Many were shocked on Friday when Gavrilova eliminated top ranked Angelique Kerber of Germany.

Location: China, Shanghai