Federer wins fourth Masters Cup title

Nov 18, 2007 - 3:07 PM SHANGHAI, China (Ticker) -- Roger Federer ended the season like he started it - in dominating fashion.

Continuing to show why he's the world's best player, Federer won his fourth Masters Cup title Sunday with a dominating 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 victory over David Ferrer of Spain.

Federer is now within one Masters Cup title of tying the record of five held by Pete Sampras and Ivan Lendl.

"It's been a great season for me," said Federer, who improved to 8-0 all-time against the sixth-seeded Ferrer.

"And finishing off the best players in the world in the Masters Cup, it's always a great experience for me. It's been in some ways a breakthrough year for me especially the way I played at the beginning of the year, not losing a set during the Australian Open."

Federer capped another phenomenal season in which he posted a 69-9 record and eight titles - including his fifth straight win at Wimbledon, fourth consecutive U.S. Open crown and a successful title defense at the Australian Open.

Entering the prestigious final tournament of the season, Federer already had clinched the year-end No. 1 ranking for a fourth straight campaign. Federer won this event in back-to-back years for a second time, also accomplishing the feat in 2003-04.

Making his latest run even more impressive was that Federer began the tournament with a loss to Fernando Gonzalez. But he rebounded in a huge way by not dropping a set in his remaining matches against Nikolay Davydenko, Andy Roddick, world No. 2 Rafael Nadal and Ferrer.

Federer, who surpassed $10 milion in earning for the season, won his 53rd career title overall.

Ranked sixth in the world, Ferrer failed in his bid 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.

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.

"We played a great match," Nestor said. "Everything was clicking today: serves, returns. Pretty much the way you want to end a season. I don't know what more to say. We played unbelievable. It's, you know, a huge win for us, one title that has eluded us. It's been a very good year."

It was the final match together for Knowles and Nestor, who have been playing with different partners since the U.S. Open.

"There's always second thoughts," Nestor said. "Whenever you make a decision, you know, nothing's ever... For me at least, I'm not a great decision person. You know, right now we have different partners heading into next year. But I'm not going to start thinking about the future or make any predictions or this and that.

"I don't know. I don't know what more to say. Seems like every time I have said something about this subject I've gotten myself into trouble, so I'll just leave it at that."

Knowles and Nestor had finished as the world's top-ranked doubles team in 2002 and 2004. The duo won each Grand Slam except Wimbledon, where they reached the final in 2002.

In 2008, Nestor is expected to play with Serb Nenad Zimonjic.

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