Roger Federer beats Rafael Nadal to win Shanghai Masters

Lynette Rowe
October 17, 2017

Federer, a 19-time grand slam victor actually still trails Nadal 23 - 15 in their overall head-to-head record.

However, the 36-year-old broke through on his fifth break chance of the game when del Potro missed a forehand wide and then he used the momentum to stage a comeback in to the game.

Briefly: In other tournaments, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russian Federation won her third WTA singles title of the year, beating Daria Gavrilova of Australia 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (3) in the Hong Kong Open final.

It will now be the fourth time and third time in a final when Federer and Nadal will clash with each other this season.

"I don't know about Basel", the Spaniard said post Shanghai.

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

"He played very high level of tennis during the whole season, so well done for him and happy to see him play well, " he added.

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Maria Sharapova won her first title in more than two years.

"It's a wonderful moment for me to be back here playing against my good friend and rival, Rafa".

"Have been a very hard match for me", Nadal said.

Alex Zverev, 20, must be commended for making great strides this year and winning two Masters titles, but at the majors he has not gone further than the last 16 and suffered two first-round exits.

"When somebody plays better than you, sport is not very hard", he said after the match. That's the real thing, no? "It was very clear for me how I had to play and I was able to do it for the one hour and 12 minutes that I was out there. He's too good of a player", Federer said. "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".

Federer extended his lead on the "Big Titles" scoreboard over rivals Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal by beating the Spanish left-hander to earn his second title at the Shanghai Rolex Masters on Sunday.

Maria Sharapova has shot up the women's world rankings following her victory in Tianjin on Sunday, rising 29 places to 57th in the latest WTA list. Both have won slams without dropping a set, while Nadal did not have to beat a player ranked in the top 25 to claim the US Open. "Sometimes you never know when it will all come together but it happened to me this week in Tianjin". Barbora Strycova ended a six-year wait for her second WTA singles title by defeating Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia 6-4, 6-1 at the Ladies Linz in Linz, Austria.

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