Roger Federer rolled back the years and secured a 6-4, 6-3 win over Rafael Nadal in the Shanghai Rolex Masters. This was an imperious performance from the Swiss as he was able to secure a victory in just 71 minutes. As a result, he has been able to win his second title at the event since 2014. It also happens to be his 27th title in terms of the ATP World Tour Masters 1000. The victory also saw the Swiss getting a 700th win on hard courts. The 36-year-old has been enjoying an extremely successful 2017 and has notched up a 10-1 record over the top 10 already.
Not long ago, the top-level career of Federer appeared to be done and dusted. After going through a couple of seasons without any Grand Slam titles, the 36-year-old has managed to pick up the Australian Open and the Wimbledon title to take his overall record to 19 Grand Slam titles. He is three ahead of Rafael Nadal, who is five years younger. For the time being, however, Federer was able to show his quality by rolling back the years to produce an imperious performance against the Spaniard. As a result, he is now just 1960 points behind Nadal in terms of the Emirates ATP Race to London.
After the match, Federer claimed that he had been feeling well coming into the game and his confidence levels shot up after the 0-40 lead. There was a significant advantage for Federer in terms of rest period, as the Swiss master decided to skip the Beijing open in favour of the Shanghai Rolex Masters. Nadal, however, took part in the China Open and was able to win the title. Playing through the whole tournament will have clearly taken some energy levels off the Spaniard. Nadal now has a 23-15 lead in the FedEx ATP Head2Head rivalry with Federer.