ATP Shanghai Masters Final 2017: Nadal vs Federer preview-Sunday 15 October

ATP Shanghai Masters Final 2017: Rafael Nadal vs Roger Federer

RAFAEL Nadal and Roger Federer will face each for the 38th time after advancing to the Shanghai Masters final.

Top-seeded Nadal defeated Marin Cilic of Croatia 7-5, 7-6 (3) in the first semi-final, and second-seeded Federer was stretched to three sets before posting a 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 win over Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina.
Roger Federer will face longtime rival Rafael Nadal for the fourth time this season after coming from a set down to defeat Juan Martin del Potro, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 at the Shanghai Rolex Masters. The 2014 champion advances to his third final at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event.

Federer’s win set a crucial showdown with Nadal in the battle for year-end World No. 1. Should Nadal win on Sunday he will stretch his lead over Federer in the Emirates ATP Race To London to 2,760 points and effectively put the issue beyond doubt. However, should Federer win his fifth consecutive match over Nadal, he would pull to within 1,960 points. That’s still a lot of ground to make up to finish atop the year-end standings for the first time since 2009, but within the realm of possibility if Federer finishes the year as strongly as he started it.


Nadal holds a 23-14 winning record over Federer, but Federer has won their last four meetings, including all three this season. Nadal has won 14 of 23 finals against Federer.

“I’m not sure what the stat is because most of them, half of them, maybe, were in finals and that’s why the rivalry is so special,” Federer said. “I enjoy playing against him even if the head-to-head is not in my favour. He’s one of the guys who’s made me a better player. I don’t want to thank him for that, but it made me go back and rework my game.”

Federer’s road to the final

Round of 32: Defeated Diego Schwartzman 7-6, 6-4

Round of 16: Defeated Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-4, 6-2

Quarter-final: Defeated Richard Gasquet: 7-5, 7-4

Semi-final: Defeated Juan Martin del Potro: 3-6, 6-3, 6-3

Nadal’s road to the final

Round of 32: Defeated Jared Donaldson 6-2, 6-1

Round of 16: Defeated Fabio Fognini 6-3, 6-1

Quarter-final: Defeated Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 7-6, 6-3

Semi-final: Defeated Marin Cilic 7-5, 7-6

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