Performances at a Masters 1000 final don’t get better than that.
The most incredible year continues for the Russian who described his recent run as outrageous making six finals in a row picking up his fourth title this year.
He set out his intentions quite early as you’d expect winning 10 of the first 12 points and finding an early break.
A messy service game from the Russian did peg us back level but Sascha Zverev in what was another very good week for the German.
At 5-4 the German was serving to stay in the set and threw up two big double faults one of them whilst down set point to concede the set.
Second set? Complete runaway from the Russian who from the baseline continued to be a pest and I don’t know who would have an answer for him right now.
His record this year is incredible;
Throw in 9 wins in a row and 18 sets of tennis won in a row he will be heading to Paris in a couple of weeks as potentially the favourite.
His win in Shanghai is his second career Masters 1000 title and only he and Rafael Nadal have won two Masters 1000 events this year.