No Knee Worries For Rafael Nadal

No Knee Worries For Rafael Nadal

No Knee Worries For Rafael Nadal

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

In taking down his longtime rival, Nadal, Federer captured his fifth "Big Title" of the season, winning two Grand Slams at the Australian Open and Wimbledon as well as earning an ATP World Tour-leading third Masters 1000 trophy. For Federer, his career may be in its twilight, which makes these wins all the more special as they come. "He's too good of a player".

"So I'm able to stay on the hard courts or on faster courts against him, but I have been playing very well when I have faced off against him", he added.

Federer, the world number two, ended a sequence of five straight defeats to Nadal at Basel previous year, before winning their gripping Australian Open final in January.

Sunday's final was decided by a break of Nadal's serve in each set, the elegant Federer working openings to pick up an impressive victory.

"I wasn't here previous year because of injuries, so it's just so, so nice to be back in Shanghai", Federer said. "It's very important for me".

"Finishing the year as world No 1 is a long shot, and I don't think it will happen but if I play like this, who knows?"

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"I felt I was playing well all week and that settled my nerves because I was returning well from the match here against (Diego) Schwartzman (in his opener). 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".

The Shanghai Masters is Federer's 94th career title, moving him into a tie with Ivan Lendl in second place on the Open era list.

There were suggestions that Federer might not be quite as fresh as his younger foe, having been pushed to three sets a day earlier in the second semi-final against Juan Martin del Potro.

The former top-ranked player and owner of five major titles, including the 2006 U.S. Open, tested positive for the newly banned drug meldonium at the Australian Open in January 2016. "I can not tell you now".

Sharapova, 30, played in her first Grand Slam tournament following the ban at the U.S. Open in August.

Despite closing the gap with Nadal both on the numero one spot in the ATP Rankings and in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series this season, Federer insists that they aren't targets for him - especially in the latter metric, where the Spaniard still leads by eight wins.

Czech Barbora Strycova, victor of her second WTA Tour title in Linz on Sunday, climbs just one place to 25th.

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