Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates after winning the singles final match against Rafael Nadal of Spain at 2017 ATP Shanghai Masters tennis tournament in Shanghai on Oct 15, 2017. [Photo/Xinhua]
SHANGHAI－Roger Federer got one over on his old rival Rafael Nadal to win the Shanghai Masters 6-4, 6-3 on Sunday in a showdown between the two best players on the planet.
It was a 94th title for the Swiss legend, drawing him level with the great Ivan Lendl, and was a fifth victory in a row against Nadal.
World No 1 Nadal was ahead in their overall record, with 23 wins to Federer’s 14, but the Spaniard was up against it almost right away.
No 2 Federer put Nadal under the cosh immediately, breaking his serve in the first game to roars of approval from the majority inside the arena.
Another break to 36-year-old Federer in the pivotal fifth game of the second set put him in reach of a second Shanghai crown－and a sixth title in 2017.
“We didn’t think maybe we were going to have the year we did, I definitely didn’t,” Federer said on court afterward, reflecting on their continued success even at this late stage of their careers.
Looking at Nadal, he added: “It’s nice to share this court with you today and I hope there are more to come in the tournaments we’ve got left.