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SHANGHAI -- For Novak Djokovic, there were no songs on stadium court at the Shanghai Masters on Saturday. Just a smashed racket, a torn shirt and a lot of frustration.The top-ranked Serb struggled to control his errors -- and his emotions -- and was upset in the semifinals by Spains Roberto Bautista Agut?6-4, 6-4.Andy Murray had his own anger issues in the other semifinal against Gilles Simon, but the second-seeded Scot regained his composure and pulled out a 6-4, 6-3 victory to advance to his 10th final of the year.Djokovic, a three-time champion in Shanghai, was noticeably off his game for the second straight day after laboring to victory over German qualifier Mischa Zverev in the quarterfinals. Djokovic sprayed his groundstrokes and missed routine volleys, finishing with 29 unforced errors.He was also a miserable 2-of-9 on break-point chances.Against Zverev, Djokovic tried to stay calm by shrugging off errors and even humming a song to keep his anger from boiling over.That attitude was nowhere to be seen on Saturday, however.Djokovic smashed his racket into bits after losing the first set -- later grabbing a towel from a ball girl to sweep up the pieces -- and ripped his shirt open in anger during another point.He argued repeatedly with chair umpire Carlos Bernardes over line calls and a time violation he received for changing his ripped shirt. He continued the exchange after the match and complained about it in his postmatch news conference.[Bernardes] was the star of the show, Djokovic said. Thats what he wanted to be today.Djokovic has talked repeatedly this week about trying to lessen the pressure he feels on court and rediscover his inner joy for the game after a couple of all-conquering years that have left him mentally exhausted. He acknowledged after Saturdays defeat that its very much a work in progress.This is one of those days, Djokovic said. Things go in an opposite direction than you want them, but again, its a lesson. Every day is a lesson.It has been a season full of them for a player not accustomed to struggling. There has been a stunning loss to Sam Querrey at Wimbledon, an early exit at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics to Juan Martin del Potro?and?a demoralizing defeat in the US Open final to Stan Wawrinka.Djokovic lost for the seventh time this season. Of those, five have come against players ranked outside the top 15, according to ESPN Stats & Information.There have also been injuries to his elbow and wrist, yet another unfamiliar issue for the normally healthy Djokovic.But the Serb doesnt believe these challenges are insurmountable. Or that they will lead to a deeper slide.I had to experience sooner or later this, he said. I knew I could not go on playing the highest level for so many years all the time, but its good to experience this so I can hopefully get better in the period to come.Murray can empathize with what Djokovic is going through. And he is certain his rival will find a way to turn it around.I do think that after everything hes achieved and the kind of dominance that hes had, it takes so much effort and work to be making finals almost every single week for two years, Murray said. Its maybe normal if hes mentally a little tired or trying to find the next thing for him to achieve after what he did at the French Open.Murray struggled himself against Simon, dropping serve three times in the first set. He also griped repeatedly to the umpire about missed calls.But he put distractions to the side and managed to break Simon six times to clinch the match in straight sets.Murray hasnt dropped a set in his last 10 matches. He is also 2-0 against Bautista Agut.Compared to some of his clay-loving Spanish compatriots, though, Bautista Agut is no slouch on hard courts. In fact, he has more victories on hard courts this year (37) than Murray (34), though Bautista Agut has played in more tournaments.I think because of his game style, he hits the ball very flat on both sides, Murray said. Thats not typical for a Spaniard. I think that helps him.The Associated Press contributed to this report. Air Max Plus Clearance .S. 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OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Thunder showed no lingering effects from their emotional loss at Golden State.Russell Westbrook scored 28 points to help Oklahoma City beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 112-92 on Saturday night.Enes Kanter had 20 points and 10 rebounds, Steven Adams scored 14 points and Victor Oladipo added 12 for the Thunder in their first game since being blown out by Golden State and former teammate Kevin Durant on Thursday.Well take something from that game to help us learn going forward, Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. And it was all about us tonight. It was all about what we need to do, how we needed to play defensively, how we needed to play offensively.Westbrook also had eight assists and six rebounds. The Thunder improved to 5-1 on the season, matching their best six-game start since moving to Oklahoma City for the 2008-09 season.The Thunder shot 52 percent from the field and held the Timberwolves to 39 percent shooting.You have to make plays, Minnesota coach Tom Thibodeau said. You have to move the ball side to side, and when we did that, we got good looks at the basket.Karl-Anthony Towns scored 33 points for the Timberwolves after scoring 32 Thursday night against Denver. He scored 25 points in the first half, but Westbrook countered with 18 to help the Thunder take a 59-53 lead into the break.Towns, he really played exceptionally well in the first half, and he made a lot of shots, Donovan said. He did it in a lot of different ways. He made 3s, he had post moves, he had face-ups. He had everything. Hes a terrific offensive player.No Minnesota player other than Towns reached double figures until the fourth quarter.The Timberwolves hung close for the early part of the third before the Thunder took over.An 11-0 run, sparked by a 3-pointer by Westbrook, then a steal and dunk by Westbrook, made it 79-61 and led to a Minnesota timeout. Jerami Grants two-handed dunk put Oklahoma City up 83-62, and the Thunder led 90-72 at the end of the third quarter.The Thunder held the Timberwolves to 30 percent shooting in the third quarter.dddddddddddd.We just turned it up a notch, Oladipo said. Now, we have to do that for four quarters. When we play like that defensively, we give ourselves a great chance to win.The long runs by opponents have been a recurring issue for the Timberwolves.Its a problem, Thibodeau said. The only thing we can do is take a look at the film, try to get some work in, try to make the corrections.---TIP-INSTimberwolves: Towns scored 13 points on 6-for-9 shooting in the first quarter, while his teammates shot 5 for 15 and scored 12. ... Rookie point guard Kris Dunn, who started in place of the injured Ricky Rubio, finished with seven points, four rebounds and three assists in 29 minutes. Rubio is out indefinitely with a sprained right elbow.Thunder: Shot 63.6 percent in the first quarter to lead 32-25. ... Westbrook had six assists in the first quarter. ... Westbrook was called for a technical foul early in the third quarter.SHUTDOWN DEFENSEMinnesotas top two scorers got nowhere. Andrew Wiggins, who entered the game averaging 24 points, scored seven points on 3-for-13 shooting. Zach LaVine, who was averaging 21.3 points, finished with just four on 1-for-6 shooting. Andre Roberson and Oladipo were largely responsible for defending them.LONG DISTANCETony Juarez of Oklahoma City won $20,000 from Mid-First Bank when he made a halfcourt shot during a timeout in the third quarter. According to the Thunder, it was the 10th time someone made the shot since the team moved to Oklahoma City in 2008, and the first since Dec. 13, 2015.The 22-year-old Juarez told a Thunder spokesman he would use the money for school. He called his mother in El Paso right after stepping off the court.UP NEXTThe Timberwolves play at the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday night.The Thunder host the Miami Heat on Monday night.---Follow Cliff Brunt on Twitter (at)CliffBruntAP. ' ' '

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