Federer eyes repeat at Masters Cup

Nov 18, 2007 - 6:54 AM SHANGHAI, China (Ticker) -- Roger Federer is on the verge of ending another outstanding season in style.

The world No. 1 will be gunning for his second consecutive Tennis Masters Cup championship on Sunday when he faces sixth-seeded David Ferrer in the final of the prestigious circuit finale.

Federer has enjoyed another phenomenal season with a 68-9 record and seven titles - including his fifth straight win at Wimbledon, fourth consecutive U.S. Open crown and a successful title defense at the Australian Open.

Regardless of Sunday's outcome, the 26-year-old already has clinched the year-end world No. 1 ranking for the fourth consecutive season.

Also a back-to-back winner here from 2003-04, Federer will be after his 53rd career title when he faces Ferrer, who has never beaten the Swiss superstar in seven previous meetings.

If he was to win this $4.45 million indoor hardcourt event for the fourth time, Federer would trail only American Pete Sampras, who won the Tour showcase five times between from 1991-99.

Federer advanced to the best-of-five sets final on Saturday with a convincing 6-4, 6-1 victory over arch rival world No. 2 Rafael Nadal.

Ferrer also cruised into the championship match will a decisive 6-1, 6-3 win against American Andy Roddick. The Spaniard is 4-0 here and has played some of his best tennis of the season this past week, including impressive wins over Nadal and world No. 3 Novak Djokovic.

Ranked sixth in the world, Ferrer is attempting to become the first player to win the title in his debut here since countryman Alex Corretja in 1998.

The 25-year-old already had enjoyed a career year before this eye-opening performance, winning three of his five career titles in 2007 and reaching his first Grand Slam semifinal at the U.S. Open.

First prize is $700,000, but if Ferrer wins the title with an unblemished record - as Federer did a year ago - he will receive a total of $1.52 million.

Federer was upset by Fernando Gonzalez in his opening round-robin match, but hasn't lost a set in three matches since.

In the doubles final, the top-seeded tandem of Mark Knowles (Bahamas) and Daniel Nestor (Canada) beat the third-seeded tandem of Simon Aspelin (Sweden) and Julian Knowle (Austria), 6-2, 6-3, to capture the $100,000 first prize.

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