Federer Beats Nadal for Tour Finals Title
Roger Federer saved his best for last, crushing world no.1 Rafael Nadal, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, in the ATP World Tour Finals on Sunday to clinch his biggest victory this year since the Australian Open in January.
It was a morale-boosting victory for Federer against his on-court nemesis Nadal, whose stellar form throughout the year earned him three Grand Slam titles and the year-end number one ranking. Federer’s victory allowed him to tie Pete Sampras and Ivan Lendl for the most Tour Finals titles with five, although it was his first since 2007. The win was worth $1.63 million for Federer, who also earned 1,500 ranking points.
Federer downplayed his victory against his main rival, saying that Nadal had the best year in the ATP Tour. “I haven’t spoilt Rafa’s vacation! He’s had an amazing year, one any player dreams of,” said Federer, who had lost 14 of the last 21 previous meetings with Nadal.
Nadal, on the other hand, congratulated the Swiss star. “I want to congratulate Roger. He played unbelievable throughout the whole week. It was a fantastic year for me, probably the most emotional of my career.”