‘Roger Federer has little chance of winning…’, says ATP legend

Roger Federer and Andy Murray missed the inaugural event of the Shanghai Masters 1000 in 2009, and they remained the players to beat in China a year later. They set up the final match, and Andy won 6-3, 6-2 in one hour and 25 minutes for his sixth Masters 1000 title, conquering two in each of the previous three seasons to become the seventh most successful player at this level. Since 1990. Shanghai 2010 is Murray’s most compelling Masters 1000 trophy, with 25 games in five encounters and concluding all matches in less than an hour and a half. Defending champion Nikolay Davydenko lost in the second round. At the same time, defeated finalist Rafael Nadal fell to Jurgen Melzer before the quarters, leaving Djokovic, Murray and Federer to battle for the crown. Roger toppled Novak in the semi-finals, but was unable to do much against Andy a day later, finishing on the losing side for the eighth time in 13 meetings against the Briton. Murray suffered just two service breaks en route to the final, and Federer couldn’t add more to that tally, wasting all six break opportunities and missing serve four times out of eight opportunities offered to Andy. The Swiss never found his desired rhythm, made too many unforced errors and failed to keep the points on his racket, especially after failing the first serve. Murray produced a perfect balance of good defensive tennis and controlled aggression, dominating his shots well and outscoring Roger 29-11 in mid-range rallies to secure the straight-sets triumph. Andy gained huge momentum already in the opening game, winning four straight 40-15 points against to break Federer, who was unable to keep the backhand wing safe. Murray confirmed the break with a winning serve and created another breaking opportunity when Roger added a backhand error in the third game.

Woodbridge on Roger Federer

Recently, former doubles legend Todd Woodbridge spoke on the prospect of seeing Roger Federer enjoy Grand Slam success once again. The multi-doubles Grand Slam winner was doubtful of seeing the 20-time champion win a Major at the age of 40, having undergone several knee surgeries in the recent past. Speaking on this subject, Woodbridge stated, “Highly unlikely. If he were to win one, I think the only one that he would be able to get through is Wimbledon. He’s had another knee surgery … he’s not going to be out on the court for a while. I don’t think we’re going to see him in Australia (in 2022).” The 50-year-old further added, “He’s not going to win at the French Open, and he’s 40 years of age. I think Roger’s going to come out and play some nice matches, but winning seven matches to win a slam, I don’t think we’re going to see that.”