Following a fantastic week in Asia, 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer has finally claimed the elusive Shanghai Rolex Masters title with a straight sets victory over Gilles Simon.
“Well, it just makes me very happy winning here because this tournament means a lot to me,” said Federer. “I’ve always enjoyed coming here. I’ve come close a couple of times, but I’ve always wanted to win it as a Masters 1000.”
The 33-year-old, who defeated Simon 7-6(6), 7-6(2), will regain the world No. 2 ranking on Monday – the first time he will hold that spot since May 2013. This is also the first time a 33-year-old holds the No. 2 ranking since Andrei Agassi did reached that in 2003.
This marks Federer’s fourth title of the season, and his second Masters 1000 title of the year after he won the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati in August.
“I feel unbelievable prestige to win this event. Especially putting my hands on the trophy for the first time is a good feeling, I must say. I’m very happy with the way I’m playing. Overall I’m just extremely happy right now.”
Federer earned 1000 Emirates ATP Rankings points and $798,540 in prize money for his efforts. He will next move onto Basel, then the Paris Bercy before closing out his season at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.