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Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer off to winning starts — Shanghai Masters

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Eleena Tovar | 13 Octubre, 2017, 00:03

"The main goal for me is to be healthy and to be competitive every week that I have been playing".

Chinese also consider his personality - they see him as gentle and mellow - to be similar to that of a cow.

Now the 16-time Grand Slam champion is aiming to continue a stellar 2017 with a maiden victory in Shanghai. Some key features of today's game are downright hostile to the aggressive game. He's always got great energy and shows it on the court. "That was the only thing that was in my head". "I'm here for a purpose - to do well and win the tournament".

It's a good point.

Federer's "Cow" moniker stems from a Swiss tournament twice gifting him one of the animals.

Rafael Nadal is a dominant player and he has shown the world once again why he is the best player in the world. I just had to be ready for anything. "This is something that is either going to happen or not going to happen", he said. That was until the fifth game of the set. And when I was serving, the second serve was a big second serve too, no? In stark contrast to the preceding set and a half both players were struggling to build two points in succession but it was Federer who guided a mesmerizing backhand return down the line on break point.

Mischa Zverev, whose career has been hampered by injuries, is wedded to the serve-and-volley style. The final will be on Sunday if he can make it that far.

Top seed Nadal made only four unforced errors in another masterclass, hardly giving Fognini a look-in with a superb service display and breaking four times after piling the pressure on his unseeded opponent.

That's a significant mental hurdle for any player to clear in this ultra-conservative era, when the emphasis is on consistent play. Also, nobody enjoys getting caught flat-footed at the net with a passing shot whizzing by.

Nick Kyrgios was fined $31,085 by the ATP on Wednesday after walking off the court during his opening match at the Shanghai Masters a day earlier. 6-4 in a hard-fought battle.

For starters, when Federer speaks, people listen. It was his second triumph in the Chinese capital, having previously defeated Guillermo Coria for the 2005 trophy.

Federer has third-seeded Zverev in his half of the draw, while Nadal's side has tough customers like Marin Cilic, Kyrgios and US open finalist Kevin Anderson.