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Rafael Nadal to face Roger Federer in Shanghai Masters final

Nadal to face Federer in Shanghai final
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Roger Federer beats Juan Martin del Potro in three sets to book a place in the Shanghai Masters final, where he is to face Rafael Nadal for a fourth time this season.

Roger Federer is to face Rafael Nadal for a fourth time this season after both men progressed through to the final of the Shanghai Masters.

The 2014 winner of this tournament battled back from a set down to overcome Juan Martin del Potro 3-6 6-3 6-3 on Saturday afternoon, exacting some revenge for his US Open quarter-final defeat to the same opponent.

"Clearly getting the break and then holding, it's always key in tennis," he told reporters after the match. "I'm happy I was able to do it, especially with all the twists and turns and, blink at the wrong time, he might hold the game and then you don't know what's going to happen next."

Nadal beat Marin Cilic in straight sets, meanwhile, doing so in a time of just over two hours to set up a big showdown with Federer in the race to end 2017 as the world's top player.

Federer has won each of the last four meetings between the pair, most recently at the Miami Open in April, and is seeking his second crown in Shanghai.


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Roger Federer of Switzerland reacts during his Gentlemens Singles Second Round match against Sam Querry of the United States during day four of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 2, 2015
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