After the way Murray played today you can't say that he's a purely defensive player at all, nor can you with Djokovic. Murray outplayed Federer in every way possible and was aggressive as he did so. So many brilliant service returns (which was made a little easier due to Federers serving) but he was getting on top of Federer and pressing him on every point almost. Really great win for Murray to continue his upward momentum from the US Open.
I have no problems with a Murray/Djokovic era, the tennis isn't boring at all to me and it just shows how physical and athletic each guy is because it's so difficult to his an outright winner. The guys are hitting the ball as hard as they would usually but the other is so good defensively that it turns into longer rallies, which isn't a bad thing at all in my book. As Seabs said, rather a very competetive match between these two than a one sides match against someone like Berdych or Tsonga in a final...
I think Djokovic is the slight favourite for tomorrow, he's been playing great all week annd really does look in good form. Althogh it will be tight, I wouldn't be surprised to see Murray win since he seems to have a thing for Shanghai (never lost there) so will be really interesting.
I agree that their not 100% defensive players as they are both capable of attacking, but they are both primarily defensive. I'm not particularly a fan of either player as well.
Now i don't mind watching their matches every now and again, but i couldn't watch these two go at it over and over. So i hope Federer stays good, Nadal comes back strong, Del Potro comes back to his best (or near his best)and players like Tsonga, Berdych, ferrer all stay in touch so at least we have some variety in there.
I hope that Jo can show his best sometime next year. When on, he's a joy to watch (well he's good to watch anyway)and nobody attacks as much as he does.
In other news, Heather Watson has won Osaka. Thats her first WTA title, and she got it before Robson (who is getting all the hype recently). Congrats to Heather