Rafael Nadal advanced to his 46th Masters 1000 final at Shanghai 2017, and Roger Federer repeated that feat a few hours later following a 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory over Juan Martín Del Potro. Federer took revenge for the US Open defeat and defeated the Argentine for the seventeenth time in 23 games, coming back a set against to cross the finish line and advance to the third final in Shanghai. Roger raised the level of him in sets two and three, never faced a break point and sailed through his service games to keep the pressure on the other side of the court. Juan Martín couldn’t keep up, losing serve three times in the final two sets to end his career in the semifinals. Thus, Federer reserved a place in his seventh final of that year, advancing the 38th match with his great rival Rafael Nadal. Roger served 72% and lost just 14 points in 13 service games, suffering a break that cost him the first game. In sets two and three, the Swiss gave up nine points on serve, delivering reliable numbers on the return to dominate the opponent and stay on track for the title. Del Potro lost 40% of his points on his serve, faced ten break opportunities and broke three times to miss the opportunity to advance to his fourth Masters 1000 final and second in Shanghai. It was a high-quality match from the start, and we saw seven easy serve at-bats in the first set, with weak play from both. Del Potro saved a break point with an ace in Game 3 and held it after five deuce with another unrecoverable serve after nearly ten minutes. It was Roger’s turn to face trouble in the sixth game, adding three backhand errors to fall 4-2 behind. Juan Martín held out at 30 in games seven and nine to take the set home with an ace after 37 minutes.
Ivan Ljubicic speaks about Federer
Roger Federer’s coach, Ivan Ljubicic, recently provided an update on the 40-year-old’s recovery process, revealing that the Swiss legend plans to return to the tour next year. While speaking to Sky, Ljubicic echoed similar sentiments and added that the 20-time Major champion is being extremely patient during his rehabilitation. “We will see Roger next year,” Ljubicic said. “I don’t know when exactly, but he is undergoing rehabilitation. He’s recovering slowly, he’s in no hurry.” Shifting his focus to the ATP Finals, the Croat opined that Novak Djokovic is the top favorite given how he has seemingly exorcized his demons from the US Open defeat to Daniil Medvedev. “It’s always Djokovic (when asked about who the favorite for the ATP Finals is),” Ljubicic said. “We can say that in Bercy he canceled the trauma of New York.”