Vintage Federer wins fourth Masters

VIRTUOSO: Roger Federer of Switzerland poses with the trophy after winning the Masters Cup tennis tournament in Shanghai yesterday. Pic. Nir Elias. 18/11/07. © Reuters.
VIRTUOSO: Roger Federer of Switzerland poses with the trophy after winning the Masters Cup tennis tournament in Shanghai yesterday. Pic. Nir Elias. 18/11/07. © Reuters.

SHANGHAI - World number one Roger Federer claimed his fourth Masters Cup title with a virtuoso display against David Ferrer of Spain yesterday.

SHANGHAI - World number one Roger Federer claimed his fourth Masters Cup title with a virtuoso display against David Ferrer of Spain yesterday.

The Swiss defending champion dominated his fifth consecutive year-end final from the outset, winning 6-2 6-3 6-2 in just one hour and 38 minutes.

Federer leaves with $1,2 million in prize money, pushing his season earnings to a record $8630620 and a Mercedes-Benz car.

"I'm so happy," Federer beamed. "This is the year-end tournament championship where only the best play, so for me to have won this yet again is a great experience.

"I'm looking forward to some vacation and then come back hopefully stronger next year."

Ferrer was left in no doubt about the quality of his opponent.

"Roger is the best in history," he said.

Federer entered the final as strong favourite against the sixth-ranked Ferrer after routing Andy Roddick and Rafael Nadal to reach the final.

He volleyed his way out of a break point in his first service game and turned the tables with a mesmerising lob-and-volley in Ferrer's next game, converting the first break point as the Spaniard netted.

Ferrer was wilting visibly in the face of Federer's all-round onslaught and double-faulted to go two breaks down, and then netted a backhand to give up the set in just 26 minutes.

Federer, 26, was upset by Fernando Gonzalez in his opening match at the eight-man, $4,45 million event but then beat Nikolay Davydenko, Roddick and Nadal.

Twelve-time Grand Slam winner Federer has won another seven tournaments this year. These include the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open.

This takes his number of titles to 52 and earning $8 million for the second season in a row. - Sapa-AFP

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