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Roger Federer cruises to Shanghai Masters title

Roger Federer cruises to Shanghai Masters title”

Federer, a 19-time Grand Slam champion who had beaten Nadal in their last four encounters, was in full flow under the Qizhong Tennis Center roof, which was closed because of downpours in Shanghai.

As expected, the rematch of Rafael Nadal and Grigor Dimitrov's Australian Open semifinal was epic.

The two best players on the planet will battle it out on Sunday for the Shanghai Rolex Masters trophy. Nadal ultimately prevailed, 6-4, 6-7 (4), 6-3.

There is more than just the title at stake in Shanghai though. Monday his behind Rafael Nadal in the ATP ranking will be reduced to 1960 points. If Federer triumphs he will score the maximum 1,000 points, gaining 400 on Nadal, who will get 600 for being runner-up.

Although it seems extremely unlikely, the fight for year end #1 is still on and this match could determine whether that fight continues. With the win, the Spaniard, who is now riding a 15-match winning streak, had improved to an ATP World Tour-best 64-9 match record in 2017.

Cilic also started out with a bye, but his first couple of matches weren't as straightforward as Nadal's.

Both men played hyper-aggressive tennis, attempting to punch holes in the other's game, and though Federer's speed and footwork around a court are renowned, del Potro's movement and defence were also impressive-even when rushed at the net.

Neither Nadal nor Bachelot were at the court hearing in Paris on Friday.

It was Federer's choice to miss those events. And his top male players one will finish the year wearing the Swoosh as Number One. He has not been tactical with where he has played.

The Spaniard is 63-9 this season and has won six titles.

Editors Note: Roy at Nike has had a great year! "This is something that is either going to happen or not going to happen", he said.

Third time this year.

The dream final that everyone - with the exception of Marin Cilic and Juan Martin Del Potro's most ardent supporters - wanted in the Shanghai Masters final takes place tomorrow.

This is primarily due to Nadal's edge on return, with the Spaniard breaking opponents 28.5% on hard courts in the last 12 months - Federer has done so 25.8% of the time.

Having said this, it's worth noting that Federer has won the last four head to head meetings, although Rafa leads the head to head series 24-14 overall.

It will be a fascinating encounter with the tennis public once again being the victor.



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