Not all athletes are happy with being the greatest...some want to be remembered forever.
This is a great way to describe Roger Federer. The 33-year-old won his 23rd ATP 1000 event on Sunday needing two tiebreaks to beat Gilles Simon to win, "the biggest tournament in Asia."
"I got lucky to come through the first round after saving five match points," said the new World No. 2. "It has been a dream week."
The Fed Express defeated the World no. 29 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (7-2) in Shanghai. Federer gave a scintillating performance on Saturday as he destroyed the World no.#1, Novak Djokovic, 6-4 6-4 in the semi-finals.
Federer's Shanghai surprise puts him above Ivan Lendl on the most 1000 Masters series titles list. However, he is second to current leader, Rafael Nadal, who sits at 27.
The 'Swiss Maestro' travels home next week as he joins Nadal and Wawrinka in the ATP 500 Swiss Indoors Championship.