Roger Federer finally wins the Master ATP1000 Shanghai!
The Maestro had a rather tricky tournament. The start wasn’t really smooth as Roger had to save 5 match points in his opener against a great Leonardo Mayer (SEE ARTICLE). Then Roger cruised to the final defeating Novak Djokovic on the way playing an absolutely great tennis.
The final against Gilles Simon was rather tricky for the Swiss that was broken immediately in the very first game and he appeared a bit lethargic for the entire match. Roger broke back Simon in the 10th game of the opener when the Frenchman was serving on a 5-4 score-line. Eventually the Maestro succeeded in bringing the set at the tiebreak that Roger won at 6.
The quality of tennis wasn’t that great also in the second set. Gilles’ service wasn’t really working and Roger wasn’t able to take full advantage of it. Eventually also the second set went to the tiebreak that the Maestro won with a more comfortable 7-2. The match ended 7-6 (6) 7-6 (2) after 1 hour and 52 minutes.
Roger didn’t play anywhere near where he was playing yesterday with Djokovic. Probably the fact that he was the overwhelming favorite and he was supposed to make a meal of Gilles Simon didn’t help the Maestro. Roger committed far too many unforced errors (36) and once again he was highly ineffective in his break point conversion (1 of 7). Roger had a lot of runs to the net that gave him 24 points (of 35). Not the best Federer, but we are sure that he and his fans do not care much of it.
With this title Roger wins his 81st career title, the 4th of the season and some more is coming in 2014. Roger will be ranked no.2 from tomorrow and he is definitely going for the top spot.
Federer: To win Shanghai is a treat
Roger was absolutely elated to win Shanghai for the first time to comment “To win the biggest tournament in Asia is a treat. I got lucky to come through the first round after saving five match points. It’s been a dream week,”
Next stop Basel where Roger will be the top seed. (20th of October).
— TennisTV (@TennisTV) October 12, 2014