Federer reigns supreme in Shanghai

ROGER Federer managed to claim his first ever Shanghai Masters 1000 title on Sunday in China. Federer’s tournament looked likely to end in the second round against Leonardo Mayer, when he had to save 5 match points to complete a three set win. The first of which, was saved when Mayer hit a short backhand passing shot into the net, against a net bound Federer.

R_federerAfter that wobble, Federer seemed like a man on a mission and his attacking performance against Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals will have certainly pleased the 33-year-old. Federer employed his newly perfected aggressive tactics, with attacking the net against the Serb, winning 20 out of his 35 points at the net. The World No. 1 was on a 28-match winning streak in China, but a break in each set, gave Federer the chance to serve out the 6-4 6-4 win.

Federer went into Sunday’s final to face the Frenchman Giles Simon, who had come through a tough semi-final, to defeat Feliciano Lopez. The first set went to Federer on a tie break after he managed to come back from being 5-3 down. In the second set, Federer faced two set points on his serve, but Simon failed to convert them. The set then went on to a tie break and the Swiss managed to hold his nerve, to take the tie breaker on his first Championship Point. Federer was elated to take his first title in Shanghai and it means that he also becomes the new World No. 2.

The Swiss heads to France to play in the final Masters 1000 in Paris as well as then moving on to the World Tour Finals at the 02 in London. Both being indoors should give Federer’s attacking game a chance to thrive. But I am sure that Federer’s focus will be on the Davis Cup final, in which he hopes he can claim his first Davis Cup of his career. If he can, he will claim one of the only things he is missing in his already full trophy cabinet.