Inching closer to the World No. 1 spot, Roger Federer claims Shanghai Masters title.
It is almost the end of the tennis season, but things are not slowing down for the Fed Express. The former world number 1 beat Gilles Simon in straight sets to win the ATP Shanghai Masters title yesterday, October 12, 2014. The World number 3 beat his unseeded French opponent 7-6, 7-6 to clinch the title. This win now brings Federer closer to the World No. 1 spot that he has been eying for so long now.
After his win in China, Roger has moved up to the Number 2 spot, sneaking ahead of Rafael Nadal. This is the Swiss’ fourth title of the season and now everyone has their eyes set on the mega event in November – Barclays ATP World Tour. Novak Djokovic had beaten Federer in the 2014 Wimbledon final. The Shanghai Masters provided some consolation for Federer, who beat Djokovic in the semi-finals.
The road to the final was not an easy one for the 17-time Grand Slam champion, who was almost taken out by Leonardo Mayer in the second round. Federer saved 5 match points to emerge victorious in that battle. He also admitted to getting “lucky” in that game.
On being asked about his chance at the World No. 1 spot, Roger said, “I haven’t thought about it, to be quite honest. I mean, it’s in Novak’s racquet.”