The awesome Federer-Nadal moment you didn't see

Quite a racquet The not-so-secret weapon that helped Federer start his winning run against Nadal

He sealed the win on his opponent's serve, winning the second of three match points to claim his 94th career title.

"I felt I was playing well all week and that settled my nerves because I was returning well from the (opening) match here against (Diego) Schwartzman". "I think both of us, we played at a very high level of tennis". "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". The Australian Open's decision to speed up the surface played to Federer's attacking instincts.

When that tiebreaker is applied, Federer would win it, as he would have earned more points this year from Slams, Masters, and the Tour Finals than Nadal would have.

Federer, the world number two, ended a sequence of five straight defeats to Nadal at Basel past year, before winning their gripping Australian Open final in January.

"I could maybe have done some things better", said Nadal.

"In a way not surprising because I felt good all week..."

Runner-up Nadal, who remains ahead in their overall record - 23 wins to Federer's 15 - admitted afterwards that he had been beaten by the better man on the night. "He played very fast and he played well".

Another break to 36-year-old Federer in the fifth game of the second set put him in reach of a second Shanghai Masters crown - and a sixth title in 2017.

Maria Sharapova has shot up the women's world rankings following her victory in Tianjin on Sunday, rising 29 places to 57th in the latest WTA list.

The Russian, a tournament wild card, overcame the Belarusian teenager 7-5, 7-6 (8) despite trailing heavily in both sets.

"Such a special, special tournament, and victory for me, one that I'll remember forever", Sharapova said. "I can not tell you [what the schedule will be]".

Sharapova, 30, played in her first Grand Slam tournament following the ban at the U.S. Open in August. Sunday's result will lift Sharapova to No. 57 in the world rankings.

The 19-times grand slam victor claimed his 94th title and sixth this year with an emphatic defeat of Nadal in the Shanghai final and is hungry for a first ATP Finals win since 2011.

Czech Barbora Strycova, victor of her second WTA Tour title in Linz on Sunday, climbs just one place to 25th.

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