Roger Federer dominates Rafael Nadal to win the title

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer met in the first Masters 1000 final in Miami 2005. Twelve and a half years later, Griman competed for another Masters 1000 title in Shanghai. This was their 38th match of the Tour and their last title.

Roger scored his 15th victory over Rafa in a dominant fashion, knocking out the Spaniard 6-4, 6-3 in 72 minutes. This was Roger’s 94th ATP title and 27th at the Masters 1000 level, and second in Shanghai after 2014. He defeated Federer Nadal for the fifth consecutive time since Basel 2015, continuing his career against the greatest opponent.

Roger did everything right to oust Rafa, using indoor conditions and one of the fastest hard courts of the tour to spoil Nadal’s chances of winning his first title in Shanghai. It was a decisive encounter for the Spaniard, who had won his last 16 matches starting with the US Open.

He grabbed his first title in Shanghai and hoped to finish the year off. 1 position only to experience heavy loss. As expected, Federer was on the offensive from the start, taking the ball early and keeping points on his racket almost the entire time.

His serve worked like magic, and she complemented it with a superb performance of ground strokes that kept him away from unforced errors. Roger was also in the safety zone with a backhand, as he did in the early part of the season.

The Swiss gave 68%, lost eight points in eight service matches and had the freedom to attack the second leg and keep Nadal under constant pressure. The Spaniard got 74% of the first serve, but that didn’t give him much besides a respectable number of serve winners.

He couldn’t handle Roger’s deep returns or force his shots with his first ground hit, standing lower in exchanges and ending the showdown with only five winners off the field! Nadal’s backhand was nowhere near his usual form.

He was never a player who could turn the score in his favour, and not against an opponent who had prepared a great game plan and executed it completely. There was no falter in Roger’s matches, as the Swiss made more than enough in the comeback to create seven break points and convert three to bring the match safely home.

Both players received 21 winning serve. However, Nadal’s problem was that his initial stroke represented his best shot, not the usual pattern towards the Spanish giant’s success. Roger was the dominant figure from the field, hitting 17 winners (nine forehand and five from his back wing) and leaving Nadal far behind to create a huge gap in the segment.

Roger Federer knocked out Rafael Nadal to win the 2017 Shanghai title.

Federer only made seven superficial faults, an impressive number considering his aggressiveness, while Nadal counted to 15, hitting him with only a ten backhand.

The Swiss had three more forced errors (11-8), an irrelevant number in the overall score because he had the upper hand in both the shorter and more extended rallies. Federer was ahead 38-31 on points up to four strokes, and the advantage in mid-range exchanges from five to eight shots was more significant, winning 17 of 26!

Only ten points came to his ninth shot, and Federer was not behind on it either, taking six points to beat Nadal, fair and square. Roger couldn’t hope for a better start. His comeback and backhand worked well from the first break point for Nadal in the first match.

Federer returned six of Nadal’s eight serve and took a break with two backhand winners, which proved crucial to the rest of the confrontation. Federer took a 2-0 lead with two serve winners and Nadal errors.

The Spaniard put his name on the scoreboard in the next match with three service winners. All went well for the Swiss. His serve did a lot of damage, and he had an advantage over Nadal from the base line for control of the scoreboard.

After losing his serve in that opener, Nadal lost only two points in three service matches and closed them all with a serve winner, which was his most efficient shot. We saw four winners each from games eight and nine, and Roger worked out the opening game with a 5-4 score.

He did so in style, wrapping up a set 35 minutes later with four additional winners. Federer lost just four points on serve, made risky shots and won ten of his 14 mid-range wins to leave Nadal empty-handed.

Roger won two points in the second leg at the start of the second set before Nadal closed the match by forcing his opponent into a foul. The Swiss won the serve in the second match to tie 1-1. Rafa took the lead in match three thanks to three serve winners (he was already at 17 but will only have four until the end of the match).

He made it to 30-30 in the next match before Roger battled it out with two winners. Rafa has struggled to find rhythm in the past six service games, although he has avoided equalizing or breaking chances. That all changed in Game Five when Roger broke open the lead 3-2.

The Spaniard had only two service winners in ten points and did not feel comfortable without them, as Roger pushed hard with his ground strokes. Federer had three winners and created two break points, turning the second when Nadal sent another wide backhand to largely determine his fate.

Roger was in complete control and jumped to a 4-2 advantage after another comfortable grip, hitting two serve winners and one of his backhands for another big step toward the title. Nadal reduced the difference to 4-3 with a fourth shot from the field.

He couldn’t do anything to come back the next time, as Roger blasted three more unrebounds for a 5-3 advantage. Nadal served to stay in the match after 69 minutes, and the pressure was too much to bear, as he broke for a third time to hand the victory to his opponent.

Roger opened the match with a winner and didn’t have much to do with the remaining points. Nadal made three fouls, and Federer closed the match after a loose forehand kick to the opponent immediately after serving. Nadal’s final forehand kick summed up his entire performance from the baseline that day.

He needed much better numbers to stay on the same level with Federer, who beat him outright to win his second and final title in Shanghai.

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