Roger Federer Defeats Rafael Nadal for Second Shanghai Masters Title
What a wild week here in Shanghai. Thanks to all the fans and the tournament and staff for making it so special ✌🏻❤️ pic.twitter.com/jVWxtnh0pD
— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) October 15, 2017
(October 15, 2017) Roger Federer earned his fifth straight win over Rafael Nadal to win his second Shanghai Masters Series event 6-4, 6-3. He is 4-0 against the world No. 1 Nadal in 2017. This was the Swiss’ 27th ATP 1000 Masters crown and 94th career tennis title. He is now even with Ivan Lendl for second place on the all-time list, behind Jimmy Connors with 109 trophies.
Federer’s win snaps the Spaniard’s 16-match win streak.
“I had no nerves really before the match, which was nice,” Federer said. “I was pretty clear about how I wanted to play the match. And then I came out and started off very well. Felt relaxed from then on. I always know that Rafa can come back at any moment if he connects well, picks the right sides, and does the right things.
“In a way, it’s not surprising, because I did feel good all week, and it does pay off to arrive early to an event. You can’t do it all the time, but I was here since Thursday late night and that’s five, six days to prepare for a Wednesday match. So I was ready.”
“I played a fantastic tournament, having very good wins,” the 16-time major winner said. “I’m very pleased the way I played the whole Asian tour for me. Beijing and Shanghai have been a very positive two weeks for me. A lot of points, a lot of victories against great opponents. I come back with very good personal satisfaction the way that I played.”
“Have been a very difficult match for me,” Nadal said of the match.”He played very fast and he played well.
“Of course was not the best match for me of the week. When somebody plays better than you, sport is not very difficult. That’s the real thing, no? When you play against somebody that is better than you in most of the things that really matters in this sport, in this kind of surface, then it’s tougher.”
Nadal played the match with a bandage under his right knee. Nadal did not discuss the knee injury in his news conference. “I don’t want to talk about that now, sorry, but after losing final is not the moment.”
Nadal leads the rankings by 1950 points over Federer. He leads in his career head-to-head against the Swiss 23-15.