Published: Tue, October 17, 2017
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

Federer beats Nadal to win Shanghai Masters title

Federer beats Nadal to win Shanghai Masters title

"I feel very happy for the things I have achieved after everything that's happened to me to be able to come here and do well - it's very important for me".

Nadal, who admitted afterwards that he had been defeated by the better man on the night, was ahead in their overall head-to-head record going into the clash - 23 wins to Federer's 14.

"I just think I'm not so scarred like maybe I have been in the past, not that I was horribly scarred in any way", said the Swiss, when asked what had clicked against Nadal.

"The serve only got better and I saved the best for last - I played some great matches, against [Juan Martin] del Potro in sets two and three and now these two sets here today".

Federer skipped the clay court season this year and he said avoiding Nadal on his favourite surface had also given him an advantage.

"In a way not surprising because I felt good all week..."

Despite his dominance in 2017 over rival Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer doesn't like his chances of catching Nadal in their head-to-head record.

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Despite the fact that they were just hours away from another massive match in their storied rivalry, they paused for a brief moment of sportsmanship to greet each other with a hand shake and a word or two. "It's been a pleasure playing against you again today". Very pleased the way I played the whole Asian tour for me, whole China tour.

Federer, the world number two, ended a sequence of five straight defeats to Nadal at Basel past year, before winning their gripping Australian Open final in January. That's the real thing, no?

It moves him level with Ivan Lendl in terms of Open era titles with 94.

Sharapova wins: Maria Sharapova won her first WTA title since returning from a doping ban after defeating Aryna Sabalenka to win the Tianjin Open in China.

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. Sunday's result will lift Sharapova to No. 57 in the world rankings.

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. 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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