Nadal is 'too good a player': Federer

Hope Soto
October 17, 2017

Federer, the only man who can still stop Nadal ending the year as number one, took an hour and 12 minutes to claim his sixth title of the year and his second Shanghai crown. "Beijing, Shanghai have been a very positive two weeks for me", he said.

"It's been a tough week, five straight matches is always a test and a challenge for anybody's body, especially with the pressure rising", he said. But, yeah, I think I have also played him well.

'I wasn't here previous year because of injuries, so it's just so, so nice to be back in Shanghai, ' said Federer, who will now turn his attention to the ATP Finals in London next month.

"I had no nerves before the match, surprisingly. It's very important for me".

I could have done some things better, but that's it.

Federer had earlier defeated Nadal in the finals of the Australian Open and Miami Masters and in the last 16 at Indian Wells.

The Swiss 19-time grand slam victor, who still trails Nadal 23-15 in their head-to-head record, didn't face a break point and started and ended the match with service breaks. The 19-time Grand Slam champion broke in the opening game, played attacking points with goal and never permitted the 10-time Roland Garros to get comfortable or extend rallies.

The Russian, a tournament wild card, overcame the Belarusian teenager 7-5, 7-6 (8) despite trailing heavily in both sets.

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The timeless Federer rubbished that notion as he seared his way to a 5-3 first-set lead. He broke Nadal's serve again on a second break point in the fifth game of the second set when Nadal sailed a backhand crosscourt wide.

Nadal saved the first break point but could not survive the second one, to put Federer in touch of the title.

Federer's topspin backhand has become a major weapon that Nadal has struggled to deal with. But the Spaniard has nevertheless enjoyed a remarkable season of his own.

The Spaniard called it "an emotional year".

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

He is on the wrong side of 35 and given the physical demands of the clay surface, it wouldn't surprise me if we never see the 19-time major victor appear on the surface again.

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

In his post-match press conference, Nadal elected not to discuss the knee injury, saying, "I don't want to talk about that now, sorry, but after losing final is not the moment".

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