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Federer's fine year continued in Shanghai.

Roger Federer's fine form against Rafael Nadal continues in Shanghai

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What a season it has been for Roger Federer! 

The evergreen Swiss, now aged 36, is back playing his best tennis in years, and won yet another title on Sunday, defeating Rafael Nadal in straight sets to triumph over his long-term rival.

In what was his first trophy since conquering the All England Club on the grass of Wimbledon in early July, Federer beat the Spaniard 6-4, 6-3 in emphatic fashion.

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

Nadal, who has also got back to his best in the 2017 following on from severe injury issues that have threatened his future in the sport, claimed a 10th French Open championship on clay, but has come up short against Federer on every occasion throughout the calendar year.

And, Federer admitted that he was pleased that he faced Nadal on a hard court, rather than that of a clay one!

Speaking to Sky Sports, Federer was asked what helped him defeat Nadal, to which he replied: "Not playing him on clay."

The 19-time Grand Slam winner, who won his 94th tournament as a professional in Shanghai, can still finish this year with a flourish by regaining the World Number One spot.

He has targeted the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals as another title to his 2017 tally, with the tournament starting at the 02 Arena in November.

Federer continued to Sky Sports: "London is my priority now and I really want to win the World Tour Finals.

2017 ATP 1000 Shanghai Rolex Masters - Day 8

"I am very excited to have had the year that I have had and everything that comes from here is a bonus.

"Finishing the year as world No 1 is a long shot, and I don't think it will happen but if I play like this, who knows? Maybe I will get close again."

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Maria Sharapova
Novak Djokovic
Serena Williams
Andy Murray
Tennis
Rafael Nadal
Roger Federer

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