Roger Federer extended his lead on the ‘Big Titles’ scoreboard over rivals Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal by beating the Spanish left-hander to earn his second title on the Shanghai Rolex Masters on Sunday.
2⃣7⃣th Masters 1000
5⃣th consecutive win over Nadal
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This title is counted as Federer’s 5th ‘Big Title’ of the season and 52nd ‘Big Title’. He is still ahead of his rivals, Djokovic with 47 ‘Big Titles’ and Nadal with 46.
The Swiss player won two Grand Slams at the Australian Open and Wimbledon with an ATP World Tour-leading third Masters 1000 trophy as well. The first two came at the BNP Paribas Open and the Miami Open presented by Itau.
The fight for the ‘Big Title’ supremacy remains intense, as Djokovic still holds the record for best conversion rate, claiming one ‘Big Title’ every 3.4 tournaments and Nadal behind at 3.5. While Federer is close behind with winning one title per 4.1 events. However, Federer had a drop in rate in previous few years as he agonizingly dropped short of winning titles but consistently managed to reach the finals.
The victory in Shanghai has caused the 36 year old tennis star move closer to Nadal and Djokovic’s record of 30 Masters 1000 victories with his 27th title. Federer can still ascend closer to their mark at the final Masters 1000 tournament of 2017, the Rolex Paris Master that would be held from October 30 to November 5. However, he may opt out of Paris event as he looks to divert his attention on ATP Finals in London.
The Swiss has already qualified for the 15th time for the Nitto ATP Finals that is scheduled from 12–19 November at The O2, London. He has won six titles at the event and has advanced to the final in 10 of the last 14 year-end finales.
Rafael Nadal is currently rated No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Race To London and was the first to qualify for the Nitto ATP Finals. He will be attempting to earn his first title at the event. He had previously made it to the finals in 2010 (l. to Federer) and 2013 (l. Djokovic). The 31 year old Spaniard is right behind his 36 year old Swiss rival with four ‘Big Titles’ won at Roland Garros, the US Open, the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters and the Mutua Madrid Open.
However, Djokovic, having five Nitto ATP Finals wins will not be able to attempt tieing his titles with Federer (owning six titles) because of injury.
Roger Federer will attempt to seek the final three ‘Big Titles’ of the season for the first time, as he desires to follow up his Shanghai victory with a second Paris triumph before heading to London.