Djokovic up­set at Shang­hai Mas­ters; Mur­ray reaches fi­nal

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

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

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