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The 5 best matches of last week

The 5 best matches of last week

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by Lorenzo Ciotti

Federer's victory at the Shanghai Rolex Masters finale, against his nemesis, Rafael Nadal. The Swiss defeated the Spaniard for the fourth time this season, in the four annual challenges. It is four years since Federer did not lose a match against Nadal, and is in a positive five-match series.

After two years, Maria Sharapova's great joy came after Rome 2015. The Siberian won the Tianjin tournament, and now she has entered in the top 50 positions of the WTA Ranking. Great achievements have also come for Barbora Strycova and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who won the tournament in Linz, in Austra, and the Hong Kong tournament, in China.

Now will start the last weeks of this tennis season, which will decide the fate of the world no. 1 in the men's court, e and the last places for the ATP and WTA races. Tennis World would like to recall the last seven days with the five best matches played.

5) Maria Sharapova d. Aryna Sabalenka 7-6 7-6, WTA Tianjin final 882 Days after, the five-time Grand Slam champion is back to win a title: 2015 Rome-2017 Tianjin, in a great week for her, having won five consecutive straight-sets matches.

Probably the final against Sabalenka was the toughest match of Sharapova's run. 4) Rafael Nadal d.

Marin Cilic 7-5 7-6, Shanghai semifinals Nadal saved two set points in a row on 4-5 in the first set, Cilic played an aggressive and powerful tennis, showing his improvements in terms of consistency and toughness.

Still, it wasn't enough for the Croatian, who achieved a career-high ranking at No.4 this week. 3) Roger Federer d.

Juan Martin del Potro 6-3 3-6 6-3, Shanghai semis It seemed the Argentine would haven't been able to enter the court due to an unfortunate wrist injury, still, he played and got closer to winning the match, leading 6-3 2-2.

Then Roger's break in the fifth game was crucial, and the match turned. 2) Rafael Nadal d.

Grigor Dimitrov 6-4 6-7 6-3, Shanghai quarters They faced each other for the second time in two weeks, and once again it was a great physical and mental battle won by Nadal after more than two hours. It was probably the Spaniard's best win last week.

1) Roger Federer d. Rafael Nadal 6-4 6-3, Shanghai final The Swiss player displayed a great tennis to defeat the Spaniard for the fifth time in a row.

It was his 94th career title, here below best points: .

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