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Federer defeats Nadal in straight sets to clinch his second Shanghai title

Federer was in control from the first ball, looking to break down Nadal's defence with an assault of forehands and backhands

ANI  |  Shanghai 

Roger Federer of Switzerland kisses his trophy after defeating Rafael Nadal of Spain in their men's singles final match to win the Shanghai Masters. Photo: AP/PTI
Roger Federer of Switzerland kisses his trophy after defeating Rafael Nadal of Spain in their men's singles final match to win the Shanghai Masters. Photo: AP/PTI

Swiss maestro Roger was at his menacing best on Sunday as he defeated World No 1 Rafael in straight sets to win the men's singles title of the Masters.

defeated 6-4, 6-3 to clinch his second crown (2014) and 27th at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 level at the Qi Zhong Tennis Center.

Heading onto the court, hadn't dropped a service game all week - that equalled up to 32 straight service games won. All that changed at the hands of Marin Cilic, who had the temerity to break Nadal's serve not once, but twice, in the match.

However, was in control from the first ball, looking to break down Nadal's defence with an assault of forehands and backhands.

gave a tough competition to the 19-time Grand Slam champion in the first set, but the Swiss maestro maintained his early lead to win the set 6-4. The Spaniard was initially going strong in the second set but came back to break the serve and take the lead in the second set, ultimately winning it by 6-3.

The 36-year-old executed his game-plan to perfection throughout the 71-minute affair, sealing the win on his second match point when a forehand found the net. It was Federer's fourth victory of the year over his Spanish rival.

The World No 2 had earlier defeated in the finals of the Australian Open and Miami Masters and in the last 16 at Indian Wells.

First Published: Sun, October 15 2017. 16:23 IST
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