The Shanghai Masters 2017 Finals: Federer Beats Nadal and Secures the Title


Luka Dragoljic, Reporter

Roger Federer played mercilessly on Sunday, eliminating Ndal with a score of 6-4 6-3 after an arduous 71 minute match. With this win, Federer manages to reach his 700th match victory on hard courts and improved 10-1 against the Top 10 players this year. This victory marks his remarkable 94th title in his storied career, which pulls him equal with Ivan Lendl for second on the Open Era list. Only Jimmy Connors owns more trophies (109).

“I had no nerves really before the match, which was nice,” said Federer. “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.

“I even felt that way being up 0/40, you know, going for the double break, but, I had a clear game plan and felt I was playing well all week. I think that settled my nerves, because I was returning well from the first match here I played against Schwartzman. The serve only got better. I guess I saved the best for last. I played some good matches now against del Potro and also now these two sets.”

“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.”