Roger Federer kept the legend of the Swiss tennis maestro alive, beating Gilles Simon in the final to win his maiden Shanghai Rolex Masters title, one of the very few tournaments the Swiss was yet to win in his extraordinary career.
Roger won with the final score of 7-6(6) 7-6(2) in 1 hour and 52 minutes, facing set points in the first set and then again in the second set, finding his best solutions when it mattered the most. The Swiss wins his 81st ATP title, 23rd Masters 1000, and gets closer to Novak Djokovic"s World No.1. Shanghai - It was 2003, then that long-haired goofy Swiss won his maiden Wimbledon title.
He was so easily emotional, so genuinely happy with his tennis, his performances, so in love with every single aspect of the sport. That was the start of a legend, the tennis legend of Roger Federer, which in 11 years counted 17 Grand Slam titles, 81 ATP titles, 23 Masters (series) 1000 tournaments, 302 weeks at World No.1.
On Sunday, in Shanghai, the legend continued. Roger Federer won one of the very few tournaments missing from his list, the Shanghai Rolex Masters, a tournament he wasn"t even supposed to play this year. "I needed a holiday and thought about not playing in here, then I decided to come last minute" revealed the Swiss to the press, after landing in China.
What moved him? We can say it was the love of the sport, the need to play in front of a loving crowd, after all, Roger himself admitted that he is playing tennis just to "let people have some fun". Knowing the Swiss though, it wouldn"t be surprising to know that few days before the start of the tournament, someone presented him with the stats for the ATP rankings in the upcoming weeks.
Rafael Nadal at World No.2 wasn"t really too far to overtake, Novak Djokovic at World No.1 would have been a mission impossible suddenly possible, considering the extra points available at the Davis Cup final. A hard mission to accomplish? Roger Federer is in! Yes, let the people have fun, but let the guy have some fun himself. No, Roger will not fall in despair if he will end up finishing the year behind Novak Djokovic in the rankings.
No, the new "ZEN-FED" would see the glass half full, and look back on another extraordinary season of tennis, with two Masters 1000 titles, two extra ATP titles, right one year after many had written him off, too old to come back, with a painful back turning down his motivational push.
The legend still had some words to put down, some extra deeds to admire, starting with another "new" title, and the chance to conquer for the first time the Davis Cup. At 33 years old, some dreams have just started to find their realization...