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Murray and Djokovic ignore US Open rematch buzz

ESPN staff
October 13, 2012
Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic insist they remain friends © Getty Images

Both Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic have played down the significance of Sunday's Shanghai Masters final between the pair - a first repeat of their recent US Open showdown.

The two men booked their places in the final of the ATP Tour event with impressive semi-final victories on Saturday - as Murray proved too strong for an out-of-sorts Roger Federer and Djokovic blew away Tomas Berdych with a first set masterclass.

It was the Scot who triumphed the last time the duo faced one another - in that memorable final at Flushing Meadows - but the Serbian denied any suggestion that he would be searching for revenge come Sunday in China.

"I don't like the word 'revenge'," Djokovic said. "I never like revenge. I just play tennis and I try to win every match that I play."

Murray, meanwhile, insisted the duo remain good friends despite having been fierce competitors on the court for over a decade - and does not expect that to have changed after one high-profile defeat for Djokovic.

"I've known him for 14, 15 years now," Murray said. "We've obviously had some incredibly tough matches which can maybe test a friendship. But we've always been I think pretty respectful of each other."

Murray goes into the final full of confidence, after beating world No. 1 Federer in straight sets on Saturday. The Swiss seemed to struggle on their serve throughout the contest, something Murray happily took advantage of.

"He didn't serve that well tonight, so I was able to be very aggressive on his second serve," Murray said. "He maybe slowed down his first serve a little bit, so I was able to take a few more chances. Obviously that helped. I went for it, like I did the past few times I played against him, and it worked tonight.

"When you're beating the best player of all time probably, it's obviously going to be special."

At one point Federer served three double faults in a row, a spell of erratic tennis that would play a major part in his downfall.

"It has happened [three successive double faults], and today again. It happens, unfortunately," Federer noted.

"You'll pay the price by having an average game like that against a top guy like Andy."

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