Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal met in the final of the 2017 Shanghai Masters. Roger overcame his great and seeded 1 6-4, 6-3 opponent in 72 minutes to lift the trophy, leaving Rafa with his hands empty. At 36 years and 2 months old, the Swiss was the oldest player in the Open Era with a World No. 1 win.
1. Nadal will try to take this record away from him, and he came close to it after defeating Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals of Roland Garros. He led the world number one Nadal two days before his 36th birthday to earn a spot in the semi-finals.
Rafa beat Novak 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 in four hours and 12 minutes at Court Philippe Chatrier and defeated the Serbian for the 29th time in 59 matches. Despite the cold, heavy and slow court of Philippe Chatrier, Nadal managed to beat Djokovic after another marathon.
Novak recovered in the second set and lost it all to Rafa in the fourth set, but lost set points and went down in the tiebreak. Rafa made the difference with his second serve, keeping himself safe and dominating Novak at the crucial moments.
Nadal saved eight of 12 break points and converted 43% of replay points in seven of his 17 breaks to win back. The Spaniard set the pace with 57 winners and 43 unforced errors, leaving the Serbs in a 48-53 ratio.
Unlike 12 months ago, Rafa had a huge advantage in the shorter range of up to four shots.
Mats Wellander vs Rafa Nadal
Former world number one Mats Wellander has praised Rafael Nadal for the changes he has made to his game over the years.
“His tennis is more entertaining than Djokovic and Federer. The older he gets, the more I enjoy watching him play. We see that he trusts his versatility more than he did when he was 22 or 23,” said Wellander.
The Swede also compared Federer’s game to Nadal and analyzed how it has evolved over the years. “With Roger, everything seems easy. It’s simple and aesthetic. Rafa is different: his true personality arises when the bat hits the ball.”
Of course, the start and end of the movement isn’t as smooth as with Roger,” said Weller, adding: “But his contact with the ball is so pure, and his touches on the ball are so unusual that I always blow away.” . ”