Roger Federer: Loss to Andy Murray in Shanghai Rolex Masters Isn't a Concern

Justin WeltonAnalyst IIOctober 13, 2012

SHANGHAI, CHINA - OCTOBER 12:  Roger Federer of Switzerland acknowledges the crowd after his win over Marin Cilic of Croatia during the Shanghai Rolex Masters at the Qi Zhong Tennis Center on October 12, 2012 in Shanghai, China.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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A few years ago, losing to Andy Murray would have been considered shameful, if your name was Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic or Rafael Nadal

Not in 2012. 

Murray is playing the best tennis of his career, and Federer was his victim once again on Saturday at the Shanghai Rolex Masters, losing 4-6, 4-6. 

Murray made it to the Wimbledon Finals, won Gold at the 2012 Summer Olympics and won the 2012 U.S. Open, his first career Grand Slam. 

Have you ever heard of the expression, "When it rains, it pours"?  Murray is positively living this expression.

Since winning gold, Murray has looked and played like the best in the world. He's been scorching hot, and it doesn't matter who is in his way.

It could be arguably the greatest grass-court player in the history of the game, Roger Federer. It could be the best hard-court player in the world, Novak Djokovic.

It doesn't matter. Murray is so hot right now, I could even see him square off with a healthy Nadal on clay.

Murray is using a great return game, to go along with his awesome endurance and passion, to outclass his opponents. He is also hitting all of his shots with precision.

This loss has everything to do with Murray, and less to do with Federer. 

Federer's 2012 was great even for his high standards. According to ESPN statistics, Federer is 61-8 in 2012, including his Wimbledon Grand Slam and silver at the London Olympics. 

He also won six singles titles and regained the No. 1 ranking. Not too bad for a 31-year-old. 

Federer's performance at the Shanghai Rolex wasn't ideal, but let's consider who he went up against.

Right now, Murray could defeat any player on any surface.