Novak Djokovic Atp Masters 1000 Titles For Essays
By defeating Rafael Nadal to capture the Shanghai Rolex Masters title on Sunday, Roger Federer continued an incredible 2017 revival that’s taken him all the way back to No .2, with No. 1 within reach.
Here are 15 things Federer did by winning Shanghai:
1. He won his second Shanghai title. Federer also won this title in 2014, beating Gilles Simon in the final (after beating then-No. 1 Djokovic in the semifinals). Federer was also runner-up to Andy Murray in 2010.
2. He won his 27th Masters 1000 title. Federer is now 27-19 in his career in Masters 1000 finals, and he’s third place for most Masters 1000 titles all-time after Nadal and Novak Djokovic, who both have 30.
3. He’s now beaten Nadal five times in a row. Starting with Basel in 2015, and now the Australian Open, Indian Wells, Miami and Shanghai in 2017. Before this year, Federer had never even beaten Nadal more than twice in a row.
4. He continued to close the gap in the career head-to-head with Nadal. Coming into the 2017 season, Nadal led Federer in their head-to-head, 23-11. Four Federer wins later, that’s now 23-15.
5. He improved to 11-9 against Nadal on hardcourts. Nadal leads 13-2 on clay, but Federer has edges on both of the other two surfaces, going 11-9 against the Spaniard on hardcourts and 2-1 on grass.
6. He won his sixth ATP World Tour title of the year. Federer has won the Australian Open, Indian Wells, Miami, Halle, Wimbledon and Shanghai, which ties him with Nadal for most ATP World Tour titles this year (he won Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Madrid, Roland Garros, the US Open and Beijing).
7. He won the 94th ATP World Tour title of his career. That ties Federer with Lendl for second-most ATP World Tour titles in the Open era—they trail only Connors, who won 109 career titles.
8. He got his 350th career match win at a Masters 1000 event. Federer is the first player to reach 350 career match wins at Masters 1000 events (Nadal and Djokovic are next with 343 and 308).
9. He recorded his 700th career match win on hardcourts. Federer’s victory over Nadal improved his career win-loss record on hardcourts to 700-142 (an incredible .831 winning percentage).
10. He got his 10th career win over a World No. 1. It was his third such win over Nadal, having also beaten the Spaniard when he was No. 1 in the finals of Madrid in 2009 and the ATP World Tour Finals in 2010. The other seven wins came against Djokovic (five times), Hewitt (once) and Roddick (once).
11. He improved to 10-1 against Top 10 players this year. Federer's only loss against a Top 10 player came in the final of the Masters 1000 tournament in Montreal, falling to then-No. 8 Alexander Zverev, 6-3 6-4.
12. He snapped Nadal’s 16-match winning streak. Nadal hadn’t lost since the quarterfinals of Cincinnati to Nick Kyrgios (he went 7-0 to win the US Open, 5-0 to win Beijing and 4-0 to reach the final of Shanghai).
13. He’s now 3-0 against Nadal in China. Federer has won all three of the pair’s meetings in China—the first two were in the semifinals of the ATP World Tour Finals in 2006 (6-4, 7-5) and 2007 (6-4, 6-1).
14. He put the Masters 1000 titles back in the hands of the ‘80s babies. The last three Masters 1000 titles all went to players born in the ‘90s - Zverev in Rome and Montreal, Grigor Dimitrov in Cincinnati—which was all the more amazing given no player born in the ‘90s had ever even won one before.
15. He kept his hopes of year-end No.1 alive. It’s still a longshot, but Federer has now cut Nadal’s lead in the year-to-date standings to 1960 points. Had he lost, Nadal would have all but clinched the top spot.
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French Open champion Novak Djokovic had eased into his eighth final of the event after losing just one game against Dominic Thiem in a 6-1 6-0 win in the last four.
But he could not recapture his brilliance against Germany's Zverev, a 20-year-old who didn't have to face one break point in a final lasting one hour and 23 minutes.
It is Zverev's first victory in a Masters event as he reaches the sport's top 10 for the first time.
“When I was 11 or 12, I thought I'd probably win about four Slams already by the age of 20,” said Zverev. “Then when I was 16, everything started to be more realistic. I could not imagine Top 10 by the age of 20. It's something truly amazing. Getting there is one thing, but staying there is going to be very, very difficult.
“Even though I won this title, I will be back on the practice courts very soon trying to improve my game,” said Zverev. “I’m trying to get better and accomplish even more.”
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Serbian Djokovic had confirmed before the final that former world number one Andre Agassi will be his new coach.
Djokovic had parted ways with his coaching staff and has since been operating without a designated coach.
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The Italian Open is the final event before the second major of the season begins at the French Open on May 21.
Zverev believes nine-times champion Rafael Nadal is favourite for the title.
“The strong favourite is still definitely Rafael Nadal. Novak is playing great again. Dominic Thiem has been showing he's been playing very well,” said Zverev.
“I just won here, so I’ve got to put myself on that list, even though I don't want to say that I'm the favourite myself. But the guys who have been playing the best over the past few weeks are definitely the favourites.”
Zverev was on top from the moment that he broke Djokovic in the very first game as he became the youngest winner of a Masters 1000 tournament since the Serb himself in Miami in 2007.
He controlled play from the back of the court with his fluid two-handed backhand and heavy forehand.
Zverev broke again in the third game of the second set and clinched the match with another break in the ninth game.
Djokovic, who has wrestled with injuries and lack of confidence since winning the French Open last June, had looked his old dominant self when he beat Thiem in Saturday's semi-final but was unable to recapture that form on Sunday.
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