Both Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer had been putting on master classes throughout the ATP World Tour Finals and yet when the two finally got to meet... the result was not what we guessed.
Federer Faults in Final
Federer had scintillated the British crowd on Saturday as he came from a set down and saving match points, to outlast fellow Swiss, Stanislas Wawrinka. However, this was all he wrote in 2014.
The World No. 2 rose on Sunday morning to find his back too painful to play leaving a disgruntled Djokovic to collect his fourth ATP World Tour Finals crown without hitting a ball.
"You never like to win like this, especially these big matches against big rivals," said the World No.1
What about the crowd?
With a stadium packed full of tennis fans frothing at the mouth to see some quality tennis, Andy Murray stepped up and played an exhibition against Djokovic. He also played a doubles match with John McEnroe, Pat Cash and Tim Henman.
Not seeing the two best tennis players in the world face off is hard to swallow, but points like the one below help to ease the grief. After all, as Beast Universe CEO, Joseph Schmulian says, "a laugh is a win in itself!"
The tennis world will now turn to the Davis Cup Final as Swizerland and France face each other in France on November 21-23. Lets hope Federer is healthy by then.
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.