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Federer wins opening game of the ATP Finals

Federer won in straight sets. Credit: PA

Roger Federer's comeback year looks set for a final flourish as he began his bid for a record-stretching seventh ATP Finals crown with a comfortable win over Jack Sock. The 36-year-old beat American Sock 6-4 7-6 (7/4) in an hour and a half.

He hit 28 winners without offering Sock a single break point and while the 19-time major champion was not as clinical in the second set as he might have been, victory was never really in doubt.

Sock, making his first appearance here and yet to go further than the fourth round at a grand slam, took a while to find his rhythm and Federer pounced with a break in the very first game.

A punching backhand winner was followed by a dipping forehand to Sock's feet before another singing backhand gave Federer the early initiative.

Sock gradually settled his nerves as the set wore on and he had a sniff of a break back at 3-2 but a Federer ace and then a brilliantly picked up half-volley averted the danger.

Sock held serve for 5-3 in the strangest of fashions after he turned away and ducked his head to allow his opponent the entire court to finish off a short forehand. Instead, Federer lashed it into the net before both players shared a sheepish smile.

Federer was less generous moments later as an ace secured the set but Sock maintained momentum in the second frame, which was tighter than the first.

Sock had to fight hard to keep it close, defending five Federer break points, including two at 4-4, to force a tie-break. A disgruntled Federer pulled 4-2 clear but again Sock came back, with a successful challenge to make it 4-4.

Sock blinked at the crucial moment, however, as a double fault put Federer back in charge and he converted his first match point when a Sock forehand dropped long.

Federer beats Nadal to win Shanghai Masters

Federer has held the upper hand over Nadal this year. Credit: PA

Roger Federer delivered a masterclass to beat Rafael Nadal in the final of the Shanghai Masters.

Federer took just one hour and 12 minutes to record a dominant 6-4 6-3 victory against the world number one to secure his sixth title of the year.

The 36-year-old broke Nadal's serve in the opening game of the final and never looked back to claim his fourth victory over his rival in as many matches this season.

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Nadal sets up vintage Federer final in Australian Open

Rafael Nadal sinks to his knees after beating Grigor Dimitrov. Credit: PA

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer will go head to head in a vintage Australian Open final after the Spaniard sealed an epic five-set victory over Grigor Dimitrov.

Nadal triumphed 6-3 5-7 7-6 (7/5) 6-7 (4/7) 6-4 after just short of five hours on Rod Laver Arena and will now face Federer, his greatest rival, in a mouth-watering showdown on Sunday.

Dimitrov threatened to derail Melbourne's dream reunion by twice coming from behind to force a decider, but Nadal was relentless, powering his way through to his 21st major final and first since winning the French Open in 2014.

Federer eases way into quarter finals

Roger Federer was never in any trouble. Credit: PA

Roger Federer equalled the record for most grand slam singles wins after he beat American Steve Johnson in the Wimbledon fourth round.

Federer eased past Johnson 6-2 6-3 7-5 on Centre Court to draw level with Martina Navratilova's record of 306 victories in major competition and will stand alone if he overcomes Marin Cilic in the quarter-finals.

The Swiss has also now reached the last eight 14 times at the All England Club, which levels the men's Open era record for the tournament held by Jimmy Connors.

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