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“1821: Nadal, I’ve noticed, has a problem with his shorts, in that they keep on getting stuck up his jacksie and he has to pull them out before every point. Not sure why he doesn’t just get a size up, he’s probably loaded.”

Federer v Ferrer as it happened

Masters Cup final, Shanghai: R FEDERER (Swi) v D FERRER (Sp)

6-2 6-3 6-2

By Pranav Soneji

Roger Federer beats David Ferrer 6-2 6-3 6-2

Ferrer 2-6 3-6 2-6 Federer
Federer moves to within two points of the title with a beautiful running forehand volley and the pressure is too much for Ferrer, who double faults to give Federer match point, which he duly converts with a beautiful cross court forehand. It was inevitable, but Roger Federer, in current form, is untouchable.

Ferrer 2-6 3-6 2-5 Federer
Ace number nine from our Roger is sandwiched between a backhand sent from heaven and an overhit cross court forehand from Ferrer. He finishes off matters with a booming forehand and the defending champion is now one game away from another comprehensive victory.

Ferrer 2-6 3-6 2-4 Federer
Mr (or Ms) Spanish trumpet player is giving it great guns in the crowd, and it seems to have an effect on señor Ferrer, who wins the game when Federer wrongly challenges a baseline call.

Ferrer 2-6 3-6 1-4 Federer
Ferrer rightly challenges a line call from the umpire to lead 15-30, but Federer hardly looks troubled as his serve once again wins him the remaining points for the game. It’s not looking great for our Spanish tyro right now.

Ferrer 2-6 3-6 1-3 Federer
Ferrer hasn’t been able to play his natural game, which is testament to Federer’s talents. More woe for Ferrer, who completely mishits a forehand to give Federer yet another break point. And Federer clinically takes the game with a tremendous running forehand pass down the line, although Ferrer should have ended matters with a volley at the net.

“There’s a tennis masterclass taking place in Shangai at the moment. The tennis is something else from both players. I ain’t pained I missed an extra hour sleep to grab this!!!” Maxxfoot on 606

Ferrer 2-6 3-6 1-2 Federer
A phenomenal chip from Ferrer evades a sprawling Federer and a backhand winner from the Spaniard gives him an opening at 15-30. But an awesome deep return from Federer gives Ferrer no chance. More top serving from Federer sees him win the next two points to clinch the game.

Ferrer 2-6 3-6 1-1 Federer
Lots of slice backhands but none that go Federer’s way. Ferrer wins the game to love without too many problems.

Ferrer 2-6 3-6 0-1 Federer
Ferrer breaks his racket in utter disgust after the second set, but a possible early shot at redemption? Uncharacteristic mistakes from Federer hand Ferrer a break point in the first game of the third set. However Fed’s on the case with an unreturnable serve to take the game to deuce. Ferrer earns two more break points but our Roger isn’t having any of it and ends matters with a high forehand volley at the net. Crisis? What crisis?

“Federer looks in awesome form yet again. What odds Pete Sampras’ Grand Slam record being beaten by this time next year?”
sauceball1703 on 606

Ferrer 2-6 3-6 Federer
Once again unforced errors undo Ferrer’s earlier groundwork and a thumping forehand winner gives Federer a set point. But Ferrer isn’t giving up and battles back to deuce. An entertaining rally is brought to a close when Federer hits a backhand winner down the line for deuce. Quite possibly the greatest point I have ever seen in tennis ensues as both players somehow create incredible shots from nowhere and after an exchange of what must have been at least 20 strokes, Federer manages to find a quite brilliant winner to end matters. But Ferrer claws back three set points but an overhit forehand gifts Federer the second set on a silver platter.

Ferrer 2-6 3-5 Federer
Ferrer looks forlorn, I think he realises how important that last game was, especially as Federer fires more aces to win another service game to love, his fifth of the match.

Ferrer 2-6 3-4 Federer
Brilliant tennis from both players, testing each other’s defences series wide forehands and backhands, and it’s Ferrer who comes off the better in the exchanges. However he undoes all his great work with two unforced errors into the net to give Federer a vital break point. And he gifts the defending champion the game when he fires a wild return way beyond the baseline. That could prove to be a very costly point.

Ferrer 2-6 3-3 Federer
Federer follows up an ace with a double fault to tie the scoresd at 30-30. But a forehand winner and an overhit return from Ferrer earns the world number one the game.

Ferrer 2-6 3-2 Federer
A love game for Ferrer and he’s slowly finding his grove – albeit on his serve.

Ferrer 2-6 2-2 Federer
A blast of the Spanish trumpeter gets the heavy Castellano presence in the crowds warmed up, although it seems to have perked Federer up too. The Swiss star hits a quite brilliant backhand down the line to win the first point before winning the game with the most dismissive backhand from an acute angle you will ever see. Great players make difficult shots like that look so easy.

Ferrer 2-6 2-1 Federer
Genius from the world number one – he sees Ferrer coming towards the net and conjures the most beautiful floated backhand slice which Ferrer can only admire. More brilliance, this time for Ferrer, who has Federer stretching all over the court. And he follows that up with a double backhand winner to take the game.

Ferrer 2-6 1-1 Federer
Federer does not have a serve to rival the big guns, but he boasts is unerring accuracy. He wins the game when Ferrer’s baseline forehand just goes out of play.

Ferrer 2-6 1-0 Federer
Not a good start to the second set from Ferrer. His forehand clips the top of the net and goes out to give Federer an opening at 0-30. Ferrer claws things back with a deft drop volley which Federer cannot keep in play, despite his best efforts. And a total mishit of a forehand from Federer – which finds its way into the crowd – gives Ferrer a massive confidence booster.

Ferrer 2-6 Federer
Blimey, whoever wins this will have the bank manager purring thanks to the $600,000 cheque – and that’s just for winning the final. And at the moment it looks as if that cash will be heading to Switzerland as Ferrer returns a double-handed backhand into the net to give Federer the first set. However this is a three-set final, so Ferrer is not out of it by a long shot.

Ferrer 2-5 Federer
That’s more like it, Ferrer is scampering about the court using his speed to negate Federer’s clever chips – a thumping cross court forehand from an acute angle the highlight of the first set so far.

Ferrer 1-5 Federer
This is looking ominous for the Spaniard – Federer booms down his third ace to win the game. He hardly looks as if he has broken sweat – the forehand is booming and the volleys are hitting the strings sweetly.

Ferrer 1-4 Federer
Things are going from bad to worse for David Ferrer as he finds himself a double break down. The fight and spirit which has seen him reach the final looks to have deserted him just when he needs it most.

Ferrer 1-3 Federer
Federer’s serve was sharper than a butcher’s knife against Rafael Nadal on Saturday and once again it’s firing sweetly as he launches an ace down the middle to win the game comfortably.

Ferrer 1-2 Federer
Absolutely brilliant opening point. Ferrer should have buried a simple volley at the net, but instead gives Federer the opportunity to launch a pinpoint lob which has Ferrer scrambling back to retrieve, and Federer smashes a volley to win the point. Things go from bad to worse for Ferrer, who finds himself three break points down, as he slams a backhand into the net to give the defending champion the break.

Ferrer 1-1 Federer
An unforced error on Federer’s backhand gives Ferrer a 15-30 lead. The Spaniard challenges a line call on a Federer ace down the middle – and Hawk-eye backs his judgement. A wild forehand down the line gives Ferrer a break point, but Federer battles back to deuce with a smart volley at the net. And once again the defending champion charges to the net to put away another forehand volley to win the game.

Ferrer 1-0 Federer
Nervy start from Ferrer, who finds himself 0-30 down after the first two points. He’s handed a reprieve when Federer challenges a line call which Hawk-eye says is just out. Federer challenges another line call the point after – and this time he’s right, the ball just clipping the corner of the service line. However, Ferrer holds his nerve and wins the first game.

0805 : Both players are introduced on to court by the brilliant boxing-style MC, that man should be employed more on the tennis circuit. Ferrer has won the toss and will serve first.

So here it tennis fans, the season-ending finale you’ve all been waiting for.

I’m pretty sure most of us predicted one half of the final, but just where did David Ferrer come from (apart from Valencia)?

He looked in sensational form when he saw off Andy Roddick on Saturday night, although I don’t think he’ll have the same joy with the defending champion.

Story from BBC SPORT


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