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Federer eases past Nadal to win Shanghai title

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Roger Federer clinched his 94th career title and his second in Shanghai powering his way past world no.1 Rafael Nadal 6-4, 6-3 to win the Shanghai Rolex Masters on Sunday.

Despite having had to battle harder in his semi-final victory over Juan Martin del Potro, Federer started brightly and broke Nadal's serve in the opening game of the match. From there on out, the set with serve, though Nadal had to work harder to hold his delivery. Federer in contrast was largely untroubled on his serve and closed out the opening set with an ace, 6-4.

The second set started on serve, but Federer nailed the all important break in the fifth game to nudge ahead 3-2. The Swiss legend pressed on the accelerator and cruised to victory in just 71 minutes.

Federer's win was his 27th at the Masters level, and took him level with Ivan Lendl in second place in terms of all time tournament victories, still an amazing 15 behind American superstar Jimmy Connors.

Nadal's loss was his first since returning to the No. 1 position in the ATP Rankings, ending his win streak at 16 matches. The Spanish superstar though was full of praise for his opponent saying, "I played a fantastic tournament, having very good wins. I'm very pleased the way I played the whole Asian tour for me. Beijing and Shanghai have been a very positive two weeks for me. A lot of points, a lot of victories against great opponents. I come back with very good personal satisfaction the way that I played."

Federer meanwhile was on top of his game and shared, "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. 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."

In the doubles final, Henri Kontinen and John Peers registered a straight-sets win over Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo.

Singles - Final

[2] R. Federer (SUI) d [1] R. Nadal (ESP) 64 63

Doubles - Final

[1] H. Kontinen (FIN) / J. Peers (AUS) d [2] L. Kubot (POL) / M. Melo (BRA) 64 62