And the world one number tasted a defeat in Shanghai, losing 6-4, 6-4 to Roberto Bautista Agut in the SF. Agut broke his serve in the first set whereas Djokovic couldn’t do the same to him. Like yesterday’s match, he was smiling instead of grunting or shouting on losing a point, and likewise the first set was won by Agut. On the contrary, in the second set, the actual Djokovic was back. Each of them got a game each on their serve till 2-2. He started grunting in frustration whenever he lost a point. As his serve got broken, he smashed his racquet in aggression, as Agut took the game and took the score up to 3-2. Subsequently, on his serve, he led the difference of 2 games, and was up, 4-2. Next, when it was Djokovic’s serve, it was 30-15, which was changed to 30-30 as he made an unforced error, he got so frustrated that he tore his T-shirt. Djokovic, finally seemed to be back in the match and took the game, and stood at 3 games in the set. The next 2 games were taken by the serving players themselves, and the score went up to 5-3.
Then it was Agut’s serve, when he gave a point to Djokovic due to a double fault, he was fumbling on his first serve. After playing the deuce 6 in the game, which went on for more than 9 minutes, the game was taken by Djokovic and it was expected that Djokovic would then leave no stone unturned to take the set. However, Agut broke Djokovic and let him take only 2 points in that game. Both the players had low first serve in percentage.
Andy Murray, the most bidding player to dethrone the world number 1, just entered the 20th ATP 1000 masters final of his career. The Scot came over the Frenchman Gilles Simon, the last unseeded player left in the fixture. He reached the semis en route defeating seeded players like Jack Sock and the US Open champion Stan Wawrinka.
Simon broke Andy’s serve on the very first game of the match, and the next game awarded a lead of 2-0 to Simon. Subsequently, Murray played the same game and levelled the score to 2-2. Simon, again broke his serve to get the third game to his name and then Andy went to win the next games. While the first set was done till 5-3, Simon again broke his serve to make the score 5-4. Finally, Murray broke his serve to get the set in his bag. The second set was taken by Murray by 6-3, as he won in straight sets. Both the players played some really long rallies as long as 28, 33, and 39 shots during the match. The willingness of not giving up the shot was quite evident from both the players.
The pronounced finalists, are yet to drop a set. The final would be one hell of an interesting match to watch.. On one hand is the player who has defeated players like Taylor Fritz, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Novak Djokovic en route to the final without dropping a set, and on the other hand is the man who is soon to create history by dethroning the indomitable world number one. Keeps your clocks set!