Thursday, October 12, 2017

Nadal and Federer win in straight sets at Shanghai Masters

Nadal and Federer win in straight sets at Shanghai Masters

Rafael Nadal scored a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Jared Donaldson in the second round of the Shanghai Masters while Roger Federer advanced after beating Diego Schwartzman 7-6 (4), 6-4.

“It was a very quick match,” said Nadal. “I was happy to have that early break in the sixth game. After that I played a great match, not many mistakes, played aggressively.”

Federer took the win with his 14th ace on his second match point.

“I knew going in it was not going to be easy because he’s had a great run the last few weeks, months,” Federer said. “He was confident. He was shaking off misses, no problems. He was serving well, making the right decisions.

“He was confident and as an opponent you can feel that. I felt that today it was going to be dangerous down the stretch of every set.”

Nadal and Federer are both in contention for the season-ending No. 1 ranking, although only Nadal can clinch that honor this week. Nadal will be guaranteed to retain the No. 1 ranking through the end of the season if he wins his first career Shanghai title and Federer loses before reaching the semifinals.