Tuesday, 23 October, 2018

Roger Federer beats Rafael Nadal to win Shanghai Masters title

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Rita Gibson | 16 October, 2017, 10:22

Nadal is scheduled to play the Brisbane International next year ahead of the Australian Open.

Federer, who has won the past five encounters between the two dating to the 2015 Basel final, also beat Nadal in the Australian Open final, a round-of-16 match at Indian Wells and the Miami final this year.

Nadal has not set up a clash against fourth-seeded Marin Cilic of Croatia for a place in the summit showdown.

" Roger is thinking of the bigger picture all the time". I think I was pretty clear about how I wanted to play the match.

"We don't have enough years left on the tour, and we're ranked too good that we play each other only in finals at the moment". We didn't think maybe we were going to have the year we did.

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

Beneath the closed roof of Shanghai, Roger Federer opened a new chapter in his rivalry with world No. 1 Rafael Nadal.

The 16-time Grand Slam victor saw off the Bulgarian Dimitrov in Beijing last week but suffered some hairy moments in getting the better of him again in a nervy quarter-final played in overcast conditions.

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"Such a special, special tournament, and victory for me, one that I'll remember forever", Sharapova said.

It was Federer's fifth consecutive victory over his archrival-the first time he's beaten Nadal in five straight matches-as he narrowed the Spaniard's lead in their iconic rivalry to 23-15. "Today you played a fantastic match, so well done, many congratulations", he told Federer.

Nadal, for whom defeat sees Federer close the gap at the top of the world rankings as the year approaches its climax, has enjoyed a remarkable season of his own.

"My team has worked really well in all parts of my game just to bring it up to the nice level that I can keep it up throughout every single week", he said.

Nadal arrived on court with a bandage under his right knee, the same leg he twice smacked with his racket after losing his serve for the first time this week in the semifinal.

There was little between the great rivals in the early exchanges of the second set until the fifth game.

He did not face a break point and started and ended the match with service breaks.

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