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Shanghai Rolex Masters 2016: Saturday Tennis Scores, Results, Updated Schedule

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistOctober 15, 2016

SHANGHAI, CHINA - OCTOBER 14:  Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain returns a shot against  Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France during the Men's singles quarterfinal match on day 6 of Shanghai Rolex Masters at Qi Zhong Tennis Centre on October 14, 2016 in Shanghai, China.  (Photo by Zhong Zhi/Getty Images)
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Roberto Bautista Agut stunned a frustrated Novak Djokovic to reach the final of the 2016 Shanghai Rolex Masters on Saturday.

The Spaniard remained composed and collected throughout as he outfought his illustrious opponent to defeat him in straight sets.

Later, Andy Murray eased past Gilles Simon to secure his own place in Sunday's showpiece.

Here is confirmation of the results and the schedule for the final:

Saturday's 2016 Shanghai Rolex Masters Results
ResultScore
(15) Roberto Bautista Agut bt. (1) Novak Djokovic6-4, 6-4
(2) Andy Murray bt. Gilles Simon6-4, 6-3
ATP World Tour
Sunday's Schedule
RoundMatchup
FinalRoberto Bautista Agut vs. Andy Murray
ATP World Tour

   

Recap

After scraping past Mischa Zverev in a disappointing quarter-final performance, Djokovic needed to step up his game on Saturday.

The world No. 1 looked somewhat better than his loose outing on Friday but nevertheless cut a frustrated figure as Bautista Agut put in an outstanding effort.

The match followed serve as the Spaniard served well, while Djokovic could scarcely get a look in. When the Serbian did have the chance to break, Bautista Agut held in style, per TennisTV:

Tennis TV @TennisTV

WHEELS! Check out this court coverage and forehand pass from @BautistaAgut in Shanghai. https://t.co/BmumqVcmrF #ATP https://t.co/HWlxrTubyt

Journalist Carole Bouchard commented on the Djoker's struggles:

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Carole Bouchard @carole_bouchard

First tournament since the US Open for Djokovic and it shows. As is his confidence issue. Not going for his shots at all today again.

Things would get worse for him when an exquisite lob and a missed backhand gave Bautista Agut the break and the set in the following game.

Per Live Tennis, Djokovic took his anger out on his racket:

The normally cool and composed Djoker continued to struggle with his temper as his opponent held serve, and before long he was arguing with the umpire and picking up a code violation for ripping his shirt:

Carole Bouchard @carole_bouchard

"Are you seeing ANYTHING today ?!", Djokovic to Bernardes. He won previous challenges.

A double-fault and a slice into the net from the 12-time Grand Slam winner allowed Bautista Agut to draw first blood in the second set and go 4-2 up.

Djokovic was able to break back immediately, but further errors handed his opponent a second break and a shot at serving for the match.

After surviving three match points, Djokovic was able to spare himself by breaking back, but his reprieve would be short-lived—Bautista Agut broke him for a third time in the following game to take a deserved place in the final.

An entertaining back-and-forth characterised Murray and Simon's opening set as they exchanged seven breaks.

TennisTV captured the way the scoreline changed over the course of the set:

Tennis TV @TennisTV

A little up and down this opener. Simon 2-0, Murray 4-2, and now Murray 4-3 as Simon breaks to get us back on serve. https://t.co/RcSCWE3XhV https://t.co/DtZOcrGOYT

Simon would break Murray once again with the Scot serving for the set at 5-3, but he was unable to hold his own in the following game when Murray caught him out with a sensational lob:

Tennis TV @TennisTV

SWEET! What a lob from @andy_murray to wrap up the first set v Simon in Shanghai. https://t.co/BmumqVcmrF #ATP https://t.co/dS7QkrAxUy

The second seed began the next set much more resolutely on his own service and raced to a 3-0 lead against the Frenchman.

An excellent forehand winner helped Murray break again to extend his lead to 5-1, and that double break came in handy when he failed to serve out the match in the next game, but he made no mistake in seeing it out at the next opportunity.

Murray will play Bautista Agut in Sunday's final. While he will inevitably be the favourite, the 15th seed's confidence will be sky-high following an excellent tournament thus far, and it will still take an outstanding effort to beat him.

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