Saturday, October 15, 2016

2016 SHANGHAI: Djokovic Loses Temper and Semifinal; Murray Faces Bautista Agut In Final

Something is clearly affecting Novak Djokovic's play. The current #1 lost his first ATP Master series semifinal in years to Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4 6-4. During the match, Djokovic's play was off-track but his loss of compusure was even more startling. He destroyed a racquet, argued with the chair umpire and ripped off his own shirt after losing a rally. Bautista Agut has 37 hard-court victories, 3rd most on tour this year (behind Djokovic and Gael Monfils).

The Spaniard will face Andy Murray who had his own anger issues in his semifinal but was able to defeat Gilles Simon 6-4 6-3 to reach his 10th final of 2016, 1 more than Djokovic. The race for the year-end #1 is getting more exciting as the year-end championships (held in London in November) approaches.

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