Djokovic upset at Shanghai Masters; Murray reaches final
For Novak Djokovic, there were no songs on stadium court at the Shanghai Masters yesterday. Just a smashed racket, torn shirt, and a lot of frustration.
The top-ranked Serb struggled to control his errors — and his emotions — and was upset in the semifinals by Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut, 6-4, 6-4.
Andy Murray had his own anger issues in the other semifinal against Gilles Simon, but the second-seeded Scot regained his composure and pulled out a 6-4, 6-3 victory to advance to his 10th final of the year.
Djokovic, a three-time champion in Shanghai, was noticeably off his game for the second straight day after laboring to victory over German qualifier Mischa Zverev in the quarterfinals. He sprayed his groundstrokes and missed routine volleys, finishing with 29 unforced errors.
He was also a miserable 2-of-9 on break-point chances.
Against Zverev, Djokovic tried to stay calm by shrugging off errors and even humming a song to keep his anger from boiling over.
This new zen attitude was nowhere to be seen yesterday, however.
Djokovic smashed his racket into bits after losing the first set — later grabbing a towel from a ballgirl to sweep up the pieces himself — and ripped his shirt open in anger during another point.
He also argued repeatedly with the chair umpire Carlos Bernardes over line calls and a time violation he received for changing his ripped shirt. He continued the exchange even after the match, and complained about it in his post-match news conference.
Murray struggled early in his match against Simon, dropping serve three times in the first set, including the first game. He also griped repeatedly to the umpire about missed calls and a crying child in the crowd.
But he put the distractions to the side and managed to break Simon six times to clinch the match in straight sets.
Murray has won an ATP-best 64 matches this year, and hasn't dropped a set in his last 10.
Amalie Dideriksen celebrating her victory