Roger Federer recounts his 2017 Shanghai Masters final win over Rafael Nadal

In 2017, Federer beat Nadal for his second Shanghai title.

by Dzevad Mesic
Roger Federer recounts his 2017 Shanghai Masters final win over Rafael Nadal
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Roger Federer said he played "fantastic" throughout the 2017 Shanghai Masters edition but also admitted he felt Rafael Nadal might have been dealing with knee issues during their final. In 2017, Federer dropped just one set en route to winning his second Shanghai title.

In the Shanghai final, Federer ousted Nadal 6-4 6-3. "I have played Rafa on so many occasions, almost, almost... Not on every court or every tournament I have played but almost in all the big matches all around the world. And I'm happy we could do it here, I think not just once but maybe even three times.

And of course, even more special, if it's in the finals. I thought I played extremely well in that match. I felt like Rafa was a little bit banged up with his knees and maybe a bit tired, but I played a fantastic tournament in a fantastic year in 2017 when I came back with my knee problems.

It was an absolute dream year and I believe it was the last time I won the Rolex Shanghai Masters. So of course, forever special and it was a terrific week and I love it, you know, the battles I have with Rafa and happy that I won that finals here that year," Federer said on Friday in Shanghai.

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal© Getty Images Sport - Lintao Zhang

Federer gets honored in Shanghai

Earlier this year, the Shanghai organizers revealed their plans to honor Federer at this year's tournament edition.

On Friday, Federer was officially honored as the "Icon Athlete of the 2023 Shanghai Masters." When Federer entered the court, the Shanghai crowd erupted and gave the Swiss tennis icon a very warm reception. On the court, Federer addressed the crowd and reflected on his Shanghai campaigns and success.

During his career, Federer captured two Shanghai titles. Now, Federer is retired but his Shanghai wins will never be forgotten.

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