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Result: Roger Federer beats Gilles Simon to win Shanghai Masters

Switzerland's Roger Federer beats Gilles Simon of France 7-6 7-6 in the final of the Shanghai Masters to win his fourth title of the year.

Roger Federer won two closely-fought sets in tiebreaks to beat Gilles Simon 7-6 7-6 in the final of the Shanghai Masters this morning.

Roger Federer of Switzerland kisses the trophy after winning the Shanghai Masters on October 12, 2014© AFP

Frenchman Simon made a strong start to just his second Masters 1000 final appearance, breaking the Swiss in his first service game of the match.

Federer eventually got the set back on level terms before saving a couple of set points in the first tiebreak to edge the opener.

Simon had the advantage again early in the second as he tried to get back into the match, but a wrist problem hindered the world number 29.

The Frenchman dug deep to serve for the set, but the 17-time Grand Slam champion forced a tiebreak again when Simon slipped, landing face first on the court.

Federer quickly amassed a 6-2 lead in the tiebreak against a weary Simon, before wrapping the title up with a return winner.

The title is Federer's fourth of the year, and the 81st of his career.

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France's Gilles Simon plays a shot during his men's singles match against Croatia's Marin Cilic on day four of the 2014 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 16, 2014
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