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Andy Murray retains belief he can win Grand Slam title

Roger Federer and Andy Murray
Federer has lost two of his three meetings with Murray this year

Andy Murray said victory over Roger Federer in the Shanghai Masters final reinforced his belief that he can one day win a Grand Slam title.

The Briton, 23, played superbly as he beat the 16-time Grand Slam champion 6-3 6-2 in one hour and 25 minutes.

"I need to win tournaments like this," said Murray.

"Beating guys like Roger, beating guys like Rafa (Nadal) gives you confidence that when you do play them in the big tournaments you will beat them."

Murray suffered a prolonged slump in form after losing to Federer in January's Australian Open final, and following defeat by Rafael Nadal in the Wimbledon semis he made a shock third-round exit at last month's US Open.

Asked after that defeat by Stanislas Wawrinka in New York whether he still believed he would one day win a Grand Slam title, the Scot had replied, "I have no idea."

Today could have been better but, look, Andy was the best player of the tournament so he deserved it

Roger Federer

However, his performances in Shanghai as he collected a sixth Masters 1000 title appear to have restored Murray's belief.

"I need to play like I did this week for a whole tournament in the Slams," said Murray, "but it's pretty simple. I don't think my game needs to improve so much. I think I have the ability to win them. I've been close a few times.

"I need to just play my best tennis at a Grand Slam. It's down to me to do that, but it's a tough thing to do."

Murray broke serve four times and saved all six break points he faced in the final as he completed the tournament without dropping a set.

"It was obviously a very, very good week," said the Scot. "Tonight's match was, from my side, very solid. Roger had a couple chances to get back in the first set and I hit a few big serves on some of them.

"He had one big chance with a forehand that he missed, apart from that it was obviously a great, great match for me, I made few mistakes. As a tournament overall I'm very happy with it."

He added: "I served really big today and got a lot of free points on my serve. I can still work on the variation a little bit on my serve, but my second serve this week was very good I thought - especially tonight.

"I didn't give him any chances to go for it. I threw some with a lot of kick on, some slice, some into his forehand, really varied that well, which sometimes against him I haven't necessarily done."


The victory improves Murray's record against Federer to 8-5 in career meetings and the world number four admitted he relished taking on one of the all-time greats.

"I enjoy playing him," said Murray. "I don't find it easy at all, it's incredibly difficult every time, but I love the challenge of playing against him.

"I don't fear playing him but I know that I could lose the match easily if I don't play my best, so maybe every time I go on, I know I need to play great tennis to win against him.

"I don't know if my game matches up well against his or not but I've played some of my best tennis against Roger."

Federer would have tied Nadal as the most successful player ever in Masters events with 18 had he won, but the 29-year-old Swiss admitted he had been beaten by the better player on the day.

"I thought he played well overall," said Federer. "He didn't give me much, you know - the usual style he plays.

"I was missing a few too many shots, which I wish I hadn't because that could have maybe swung momentum around, given me more confidence to play more sort of forward, more attacking.

"But missing so many important shots obviously took a lot of my confidence away. Then the targets seemed to get smaller and smaller. That's definitely his credit, a pity for me.

"But I had a good tournament, I thought I played well this week. I had some great wins against Soderling, Isner, Seppi, also Djokovic. I'm very happy with where my game is at.

"Today could have been better but, look, Andy was the best player of the tournament so he deserved it."

However, he was still smarting from an overrule when facing break point in the second set, when the line judge mistakenly called a Federer shot long and the Swiss lost the replayed point.

"It was a classic bad mistake by the lines person," said Federer. "Kind of one of those moments you don't want it to happen so you don't have to defend a break point twice. That's at the end what cost me maybe the match potentially.

"It happens the whole time. You hope it doesn't happen in the finals against a great player like Andy on a break point.

"There's nothing worse than having to fight off two break points when, in essence, it's only one and you basically won the point because the overhead was just a 'gimme'.

"It's unfortunate sometimes how they turn out, these calls. They happen. They will continue to happen."

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