Novak Djokovic is just one place above Andy Murray in the ATP singles rankings, but the British no.1 – current second in the world after edging ahead of Roger Federer earlier this month – did not look in the same league as the super Serb in Saturday’s one-sided Shanghai Masters semi-final.
Murray won only 42% of his service points and, despite securing one break, he claimed just 24% of points in which he was receiving.
Djokovic dominated the longer rallies, with this 21-stroke exchange a prime example.
Djokovic, who has now beaten Murray in 20 of their 29 meetings, will play Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in Sunday’s final.
The world number one boasts a 13-6 head-to-head record over Tsonga, but the Frenchman beat him in their last encounter – a 6-2 6-2 shock at the 2014 Canadian Masters.
Tsonga beat Rafael Nadal 6-4 0-6 7-5 in his Shanghai semi-final, which lasted over two hours.