Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Federer's Masterly Matchplay Stuns Rafa; TENNIS

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Federer's Masterly Matchplay Stuns Rafa; TENNIS

Article excerpt

ROGER Federer delivered a masterclass to beat Rafael Nadal in the final of the Shanghai Masters.

Federer took just one hour and 12 minutes to record a dominant 6-4 6-3 victory against the world No 1 to secure his sixth title of the year.

The 36-year-old broke Nadal's serve in the opening game and never looked back to claim his fourth victory over his rival in as many matches this season.

Federer was made to work for his place in yesterday's showpiece after coming through a tough test against Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro in the semi-finals.

There were no such problems for the world No 2 against Nadal, though, and his early break set the tone for a crushing win.

Federer secured his early service hold with three aces and an unreturned serve before winning the opening set in 35 minutes.

The Swiss then broke in the fifth game of the second set after Nadal pushed a backhand wide.

Federer, the 19-time slam champion, held to love in the ensuing game before sealing his 94th career title with his third break of the match. …

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