Roger Federer lost to Andy Murray in the final and thus failed to capture the Shanghai Rolex Masters title but the Swiss Maestro is satisfied because he succeeded in keeping the number one ranking for the 300th week.
Federer held the top ranking for the 299th week at the start of this ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event in Shanghai. Djokovic could have snatched number one position from the Swiss star, had the latter lost before the quarter-finals at this event. However, Federer managed to reach the semis and sustained his top ranking for at least one more week.
The 17-time Grand Slam said during his interview, "It's been an OK week overall. I played all right. I didn't play great. But I did come here and reach the 300 weeks. I guess I have to be happy with that. I wish I could have played better tonight against Andy and pushed him further, even though it was somewhat close. I know as well that it could have gone the other way as well, it could have been even more one sided. I tried hard, and that's all I could do tonight."
He added, "It was a bit up and down, too up and down for my taste," said Federer. "To probably beat him tonight, I played okay at times, but overall Andy was just the better player and he deserved to win at the end really.”
Federer will defend his home title of Basel during the next week. He has very few chances of retaining top ranking at the end of the season as Djokovic is far ahead in the Race.