Federer Captures First Shaghai Title

Roger Federer on Sunday won his first Shanghai Masters title with a straight sets victory over Gilles Simon in China.
The Swiss world number three let out a huge roar after unseeded Frenchman Simon hit a forehand into the net to give him a 7-6 (8-6) 7-6 (7-2) victory.
“To win the biggest tournament in Asia is a treat,” said Federer, who was beaten in the 2010 final by Britain’s Andy Murray.
Federer, 33, won the opening set with his only backhand winner down the line.
Simon led 6-5 in the second set and had two set points but two unforced errors allowed Federer a way back and the 17-time Grand Slam winner took advantage.
“I got lucky to come through the first round after saving five match points. It’s been a dream week,” added Federer.
For 29-year-old Simon, who went off court for a medical time-out after the first set, it was a second defeat in a Masters final, having lost in Madrid to Murray in 2008.
He matched Federer for much of the match from the baseline but the Swiss dominated when he came to the net, winning 24 of 35 points.
In both tie-breaks Federer played aggressively and he set up four championship points with a blistering cross-court forehand return.


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