Another tournament, another blockbuster showdown between tennis greats Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. The 36-year old Federer got the better of Nadal on Sunday when he met the Spaniard in the Shanghai Masters final. Despite giving tough competition to the Swiss in the first set, Federer maintained his early lead to win the set 6-4. Nadal was initially going strong in the second set but Federer came back to break the serve and take the lead in the second set, ultimately winning it by 6-3. While Federer came from a set down to beat Juan Martin Del Potro in the semifinals of the ATP Shanghai Masters on Saturday, Nadal had overcome Marin Cilic 7-5, 7-6. It is never easy to pick a favourite between Nadal and Federer but the latter has won all the five meets between the two legends this year despite Nadal being on a 15 match winning streak which saw him win the US Open and the China Open last week. Here are t the key highlights from the match:
Rafael Nadal vs Roger Federer Final:
1515 hrs IST: FEDERER WINS SHANGHAI MASTERS! What a beauty! Nadal gave a tough time to the Swiss, delaying his victory but not good enough to deny it.The 36-year old Federer has now won all four meetings with Nadal this year. With age, he is only becoming stronger! This is his 27th Masters 1000 title and is now also in contention for the world No 1 ranking this season.
1455 hrs IST: What a grueling second set so far! Looks like Nadal has the answer to Federer’s service game. Nadal keeps it 2-2 before Federer targetted his backhand. Federer back with 3-2 lead.
1440 hrs IST: FEDERER WINS THE FIRST SET 6-4. Federer never left the lead in the game from the very first point. While Nadal kept it an equal game, scoring a point everytime Federer did. Tthe crucial bit which went in the Swiss’ favour in the first set was taking the initial 2-0 lead.
1430 hrs IST: Federer has refused to let go of his lead. Everytime Nadal tries to decrease the point difference between them, Federer comes back with his big booming serves.
1420 hrs IST: Nadal manages to stop Federer’s movement in the set for a bit. As the Spaniard makes it 2-1, Federer gets the better of Nadal in the next point. Federer leads 3-1 in the first set.
1415 hrs IST: What a start, Federer! The Swiss wrecks havoc at the start, taking a 2-0 lead in the first set.
1405 hrs IST: The two legends are on the court, which looks magnificent. All eyes on the two players as they begin the match.
1355 hrs IST: It is a crucial win for Nadal, who will take a 2,760 points lead over Federer in the rankings, securing the No. 1 position by the end of this year.
1345 hrs IST: Hello and welcome to the final showdown between the two tennis maestros Federer and Nadal. Stay tuned for live updates from the match in Shanghai.