Roger Federer beat Gilles Simon on Sunday to win the Shanghai Rolex Masters 1000. Final score: 7-6(6), 7-6(2), in just under two hours.
Federer’s serve was broken in the first game, and despite serving in the 30% range, Simon managed to hold to get to 5-3. Serving for the set, the Frenchman went down 15-40. On the second break point, Federer was finally able to get back on serve, and leveled the match at 5-5.
Serving at 5-6, Simon quickly found himself down 15-40, but the Swiss was unable to capitalize on either set point, sending the match to a tiebreak. After an exchange of mini-breaks, Simon had a set point, but couldn’t convert. On his third set point, Federer hit a backhand passing shot, taking the tiebreak 8-6.
Simon saved three breakpoints in the third game of the second set, but the rest of the set was rather routine. Serving at 5-6, Federer saved two set points before finally holding, taking the match to another tiebreak. He quickly got up 6-2, and closed it out on his first championship point.
The win gives Federer his 81st title, and 23rd Masters 1000.
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