Shanghai Flashback: Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal Title Clash Revives Epic Rivalry


Shanghai Flashback: Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal Title Clash Revives Epic Rivalry

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Just hours after Rafael Nadal’s impressive victory, Roger Federer showcased his mastery on the courts at the 2017 Shanghai Masters. Federer faced a formidable challenge in the form of Juan Martin del Potro, who came out strong, but the Swiss maestro displayed his resilience to secure a thrilling victory with a score of 3-6, 6-3, 6-3. This triumph not only avenged his US Open loss but also secured his spot in the much-anticipated title clash against his long-standing rival, Rafael Nadal.

Federer, in his typical fashion, elevated his performance in the second and third sets. He remained steadfast, not allowing any break points and continuously applying pressure to his opponent. In contrast, Juan Martin del Potro struggled to maintain the same level, succumbing to three service breaks in the final two sets and ultimately ending his journey in the semi-final.

With this remarkable victory, Federer solidified his place in his seventh final of the season and set up the 38th encounter with his arch-nemesis, Nadal. Federer’s serve was a force to be reckoned with, operating at an impressive 72% and only dropping 14 points in 13 service games, with a lone break costing him the first set.

In the following sets, Federer was even more dominant, allowing del Potro only nine points behind his initial serve. His return game was equally strong, and del Potro faced a daunting 40% point loss on his own serve. Del Potro had ten break chances against him and suffered three breaks, squandering a chance to advance to his fourth Masters 1000 final and his second in Shanghai.

The stage was set for Federer to make his mark, and he did so brilliantly. The match was intense right from the beginning, characterized by seven straightforward service holds and two shaky service games in the first set. Del Potro exhibited his resilience by saving a break point with a well-placed ace in the third game, and after a grueling battle that lasted almost ten minutes, he held his serve with another unreturnable serve, keeping the score even.

However, it was Federer’s turn to face adversity in the sixth game, where he committed three backhand errors, falling behind 4-2 in the set. Juan Martin held his serve comfortably in games seven and nine and sealed the set with an ace after 37 minutes of intense play. The players had a similar number of winners and errors, but that one break opportunity converted by del Potro proved to be the pivotal moment.

In the second set, Federer’s class began to shine. His first serve was potent, as he delivered a service winner in 58% of the points, dropping only three points in five service games. He maintained relentless pressure on del Potro, who struggled to match those numbers. Federer seized the opportunity in the sixth game, converting his fifth break point to gain the upper hand. Del Potro displayed remarkable resilience by saving two set points in the eighth game, but Federer sealed the set with a quick hold, securing it 6-3 and gaining valuable momentum.

The final set was a display of Federer’s dominance. He continued to dictate play in his service games, forcing del Potro to match his intensity if he wished to stay in the match. However, del Potro’s serve was not as reliable, and he lost his serve in the third game due to Federer’s sublime defense. The match reached its conclusion when Federer secured another crucial return game at 5-3, setting the stage for the highly anticipated final against Rafael Nadal.


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