Roger Federer beats Rafael Nadal to win Shanghai Masters

by Leon Thompson October 17, 2017, 0:11
Roger Federer beats Rafael Nadal to win Shanghai Masters

'I wasn't here previous year because of injuries, so it's just so, so nice to be back in Shanghai, ' said Federer, who will now turn his attention to the ATP Finals in London next month. For the two to tie, it would require Federer to earn 1,960 points more than Nadal between now and the end of the year.

The 19-time Grand Slam victor cut his deficit against Nadal to 23-15.

Since then it's been all Federer and there are a few reasons for Federer's recent dominance. So can't win them all against Rafa, to be honest. "He's too good of a player". "He played very fast and he played well".

Of the young players coming through, Dominic Thiem enjoyed another run to the French Open semi-final, but once there looked as out of depth against Nadal as he had done a year earlier when thumped by Djokovic.

Federer took advantage of three of seven break point opportunities in the match to snap Nadal's 16-game winning streak, which included his China Open victory last week.

"I wasn't here past year because of injuries, so it's just so, so nice to be back in Shanghai", Federer said.

Federer, fondly known as "Cow" in China for his laid-back personality, started the better in grabbing the break and then rattled through his own service game for 2-0.

"Of course was not the best match for me of the week".

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"We didn't think maybe we were going to have the year we did, I definitely didn't", Federer said on court, reflecting on their continued success even at this late stage of their careers. "It's been a pleasure playing against you again today". That's the real thing, no?

The surprisingly one-sided 6-4, 6-3 victory over the world number one from Spain brought a 94th title for the Swiss legend, drawing him level with the great Ivan Lendl.

The "King of Clay" has won 13 of the 15 meetings with Federer on the red dirt, but their last meeting on that surface came back in 2013.

The 30-year-old former world number one triumphed 7-5, 7-6 (10/8) against teenager Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus to claim her first title since serving a 15-month doping ban.

Sharapova, 30, played in her first Grand Slam tournament following the ban at the U.S. Open in August.

When that tiebreaker is applied, Federer would win it, as he would have earned more points this year from Slams, Masters, and the Tour Finals than Nadal would have.

Czech Barbora Strycova, victor of her second WTA Tour title in Linz on Sunday, climbs just one place to 25th.


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