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Federer lays claim to being GOAT after Shanghai success

Roger Federer celebrates defeating Rafael Nadal  at Qizhong Forest Sports City Tennis Center in Shanghai
Roger Federer celebrates defeating Rafael Nadal at Qizhong Forest Sports City Tennis Center in Shanghai Andy Wong

ROGER Federer is known as 'Cow' in China for his laidback nature.

Somebody even rattled a cow bell as contested the Shanghai Masters final at the Qizhong Tennis Centre.

But, the Swiss master can again lay claim to being tennis' GOAT after he dismantled old sparring partner Rafael Nadal 6-4 6-3.

It was the evergreen 36-year-old's sixth title of the year and 94th in total, which draws him level with Ivan Lendl and trailing only Jimmy Connors (107) on the all-time list.

Significantly, it was also the fifth straight victory over his great Spanish rival, though he still trails 15-23 in total.

Federer broke Nadal twice in the first set to set up the result, the current world No.2 beating the current world No.1 - two positions they have occupied for so long over the past decade and a bit.

 

Roger Federer  and Rafael Nadal pose with their trophies after the award ceremony for the Shanghai Masters
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal pose with their trophies after the award ceremony for the Shanghai Masters Andy Wong

"We didn't think maybe we were going to have the year we did, I definitely didn't," Federer said on court after capturing his second Shanghai Masters title.

"It's nice to share this court with you today and I hope there are more to come in the tournaments we've got left.

"It's been a pleasure playing against you here today."

The pair claimed all four grand slam crowns this year - two each - with Nadal having come off success at the US Open last month and China Open last week to also have six titles this year, and 75 in total.

The 31-year-old described 2017 as "an emotional year".

"I could maybe have done some things better," Nadal said.

"Of course was not the best match of the week for me... but when someone plays better than you in most of the things that really matter in this sport, then it's tough."

Nadal declined to say if he had been hampered by an issue with his right knee, which had a bandage on it during the match.

"I don't want to talk about that now, sorry," Nadal said. "After losing a final it's not the moment."

Topics:  atp tour rafael nadal roger federer

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