Roger Federer has admitted that he “really wants to win” the World Tour Finals after he defeated his greatest rival, Rafael Nadal, for the fifth consecutive time to claim the Shanghai Masters.
Federer dispatched of Nadal winning 6-4 6-3 to claim his ninety-fourth title. The win means that he is now level with Ivan Lendl and now he wants to go one better and claim his seventh World Tour Finals crown and first since 2011.
Speaking to Sky Sports after his win Federer said, “London is my priority now and I really want to win the World Tour Finals. 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.”
Federer has been carefully managing his schedule in order not to overwork his body. However, in Shanghai he improved as the week went on and he felt like he hit peak form just when he needed it most.
“It’s been a tough week, five straight matches is always a test and a challenge for anybody’s body, especially with the pressure rising. I felt I was playing well all week and that settled my nerves … The serve only got better and I saved the best for last, I played some great matches, against [Juan Martin] del Potro in sets two and three and now these two sets here today.”
Nadal is still ahead in their head-to-head record with 23 wins to Federer’s 15, but he said that he had been beaten by the better man, “Of course this was not the best match of the week for me, but when someone plays better than you in most of the things that really matter in this sport, then it’s tough.”