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Federer, Nadal bid to dethrone Djoko in Shanghai

Federer, Nadal bid to dethrone Djoko in Shanghai
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal enter this week’s Shanghai Masters bidding to unseat current champion Novak Djokovic, who appears on an unstoppable march to ending the year as number one for the third time.

‘Incredible’ was how the Serbian described his victory in the China Open final on Sunday, one of the most one-sided tennis finals of recent years. ‘With this kind of performance, and with this domination result-wise, I mean it’s never happened,’ Djokovic said after defeating world number six Tomas Berdych 6-0, 6-2.

The victory represented Djokovic’s fifth consecutive Beijing title, and the 27-year-old is vying for his third in three years at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event in Shanghai.

‘I’m going to try to use this great week to kind of carry this overall positive feeling into Shanghai and have another great week there,’ he said. Hoping to derail Djokovic’s plans are a resurgent Federer, along with Nadal, who is battling to be at his world-beating best after his return to action following three months on the sidelines. The Spaniard, who is number two in the ATP rankings, missed a string of tournaments -- including the US Open -- after picking up a wrist injury in training in late July.
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