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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.”

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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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Federer v Nadal as it happened

Masters Cup semi-final, Shanghai: R FEDERER* (2) (SWI) v R NADAL (Sp)

First set: 6-4 Second set: 6-1

By Pranav Soneji

Federer 6-4 6-1 Nadal
Major apologies to Moobabe, who is very much on my side (although not too sure after the ‘goon’ comment on 606) after my Federer praising. However, something special from Nadal, who hits a beautiful top spin forehand return which just lands on the right side of the service line. But it’s all in vain – Federer records his sixth win against Nadal in 14 meetings when Rafa fires a backhand return into the net. Some consolation for Spanish fans, at least Federer will be up against David Ferrer in the final on Sunday.

Federer 6-4 5-1 Nadal
Brilliant opening rally sees Nadal claim a confidence-boosting point with the deftest of cross court volleys. He follows that up with an ace and takes the game to love.

Federer 6-4 5-0 Nadal
As much as I would like to reassure JMMClondon (see below), it’s difficult not to laud superlatives on Federer when he plays tennis from another planet. The world number one is sensational – he wins the game to love and Nadal looks like a beaten man.

“COULD THE BBC PUNDIT BE LESS BIASSED TOWARDS FEDERER. PLEASE WE WILL LIKE TO SEE A NEUTRAL COMMENTARY FROM THE HIGHLY RATED BBC!!!!! JUST TENNIS JUST REVIEW HOW MANY TIMES FEDERER APPEARS IN YOUR COMMENTARY AND THEN COMPARE WITH NADAL!!!!!”
JMMClondon on 606 (their capitals)

Federer 6-4 4-0 Nadal
Rafa’s confidence is ebbing – he surrenders a 30-15 lead through unforced errors to present Federer with a break point. And just when it couldn’t get any worse for Nadal, he double faults at the worst possible time.

Federer 6-4 3-0 Nadal
Just brilliant from Federer – his eighth ace sees him take a 40-0 lead. He wins the game when Rafa overhits a forehand beyond the service line. Rafa is attempting to pump himself up, but he’ll need to pull more than rabbits out of the hat to stop Federer in this form.

Federer 6-4 2-0 Nadal
Shot of the game from Federer – a beautiful floated backhand slice cross court gives Nadal about as much chance as I have of repeating that shot on the concrete courts behind BBC Television Centre. Roger has just moved up three gears – he’s making all the shots he was missing 20 minutes ago and breaks Nadal when the Spaniard fires a return into the net. Ominous signs for Rafa.

Federer 6-4 1-0 Nadal
More bullet serves from Federer and Nadal is starting to look forlorn. Probably not a good sign.

“Holy beejesus, Federer is serving well at the moment. Six aces already, 83% first serve.”
philosophicalarfster on 606

Federer 6-4 Nadal
The legions of Spanish supporters are willing their tyro on, waving the red and yellow flag at any given opportunity. But Nadal’s nerves desert him just when he needs them most as Federer takes a 0-40 lead. A Federer error, this time on the backhand, sees Rafa claw a break point back but a thumping forehand winner on the next point sees the defending champion take the first set.

Federer 5-4 Nadal
Although his strokeplay hasn’t been of the highest calibre, it’s Federer’s serve that is getting him out of trouble. He clinches the game thanks to a deft volley.

Federer 4-4 Nadal
An absolutely incredible backhand winner from Federer lands just on the line. He tries the same shot the next point, but this time finds the net. Rafa, wearing an electric blue sleeveless number, slams a forehand volley to take a 40-15 lead. And he wins the game the next point when Roger, clad in a maroony-red effort, fires a forehand into the net.

Federer 4-3 Nadal
Federer’s serve is as accurate as a laser-guided cruise missle, although Nadal rightly challenges a call on the third point. Rafa takes a 15-30 lead with a lovely backhand and collects his first break point with a thumping forward winner. More steely nerves from Federer, who holds on and wins the game with the first glimpse of serve-and-volley.

Federer 3-3 Nadal
Here’s a stat for you – Federer has won 33 successive semi-finals. He takes a 0-15 lead with a flowing forehand from a weak second serve. But the Swiss star makes two uncharacteristic unforced errors and Nadal holds out to take the game.

Federer 3-2 Nadal
The first bit of pressure on Federer as he goes to 0-30 down. However, this is Roger Federer we’re talking about. He eats pressure for breakfast. He proceeds to serve four successive aces to take the game. The crowd absolutely loved that. So did I.

Federer 2-2 Nadal
A brilliant chip return from Federer forces Nadal onto the back foot, setting up the platform to take the game to 30-30 with a sweet forehand winner. A great rally ensues in the next point, but Federer’s attempt at a forehand winner goes wildly out of court. Nadal wins the game with a forehand that just clips the edge of the service line.

Federer 2-1 Nadal
Federer somehow manages to land a cross court backhand volley from a fierce Nadal drive down the line at 30-0. And in keeping to the previous two games, serves an ace to retake the lead.

Federer 1-1 Nadal
‘Right back atchya’ says Nadal, who serves a faultless game, finishing off matters with an ace straight down the middle.

Federer 1-0 Nadal
A confident start from Federer, landing three of his four serves in to race to a 40-0 led. Nadal smashes a flowing forehand winner as Federer comes to the net, but the world number one wraps up the first game with an ace.

1138 : The players knock up for serve. Nadal is one of the only players in tennis with some sort of decent record against Federer, winning eight of his 13 previous matches.

1132 : Both men are introduced on to the court by a brilliant boxing-style introduction from the MC, so the Spaniard wanders in through a cacophony of “RAAAAAAAFFFFFAAAAEEEEEEEEEEL NAAAAAAAADAAAAAAAAL”. Meanwhile the world number one looks slightly embarrassed by the “ROGEEEEEEEEEEEEEEERRRRRRRR FEEEEEEEEEEDEEERRERRRRR”. Imagine if they did that at Wimbledon.

Morning, afternoon – and if you’re lucky enough to be anywhere near Shanghai, a very good evening.

It’s another episode of the epic Federer v Nadal rivalry, this time the two will battle it out to see who will face Spain’s red-hot David Ferrer in Sunday’s final.

Story from BBC SPORT