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Federer lands 94th title with hot shots in Shanghai

17 October 2017, 12:10 | Susie Olson

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It was a 94th title for the Swiss legend, drawing him level with the great Ivan Lendl, and the 36-year-old is now determined to land his seventh World Tour Finals crown and first since 2011 when the season comes to its thrilling climax next month. Now, following Federer's triumph in Shanghai last week, the two could be tied for the World No.1 by the end of the year.

"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.

'I wasn't here a year ago 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. "In a way, not surprising because I felt good all week - I was ready".

Federer, fondly known as "Cow" in China for his laid-back personality, started the better in grabbing the break and then rattled through his own service game for 2-0.

The Swiss 19-time grand slam victor, who still trails Nadal 23-15 in their overall head-to-head record, didn't face a break point and started and ended the match with service breaks.

Federer has won every contest between the two players this season, which included the final of the Australian Open back in late January.

"It's definitely been the best I felt since Wimbledon", he said, where he won the championship for a historic eighth time in July.

In contrast, Nadal - a 16-time Grand Slam victor who has never won the Shanghai Masters - was labouring through his service games.

The timeless Federer rubbished that notion as he seared his way to a 5-3 first-set lead.

The brilliant five-game run he delivered rallying from 1-3 down in the fifth set to dispatch Nadal in the Australian Open final not only signaled a shift in the balance of power in this rivalry it showed path forward for Federer.

There was little between the great rivals in the early exchanges of the second set until the fifth game.

Nadal now leads Federer by 1,960 points in 2017.

Federer said he was surprised to see the wrap and didn't feel Nadal was struggling with his movement.

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.

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

He said: "That's my priority right now".

"I thought it was a really good match".

"After losing a final it's not the moment".

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