Roger Federer has always dominated on an indoor hard court against Rafael Nadal leading the head to head at 5-1 indoors and has now extended this to 6-1 with a pretty easy dispatch of the world number one in Shanghai and he should have done better.
It took just 71 minutes for the Swiss star to see the Spaniard 6-4 6-3 extending his record of not losing to Nadal in all of their four meetings this season.
The tone of the match was set quite quickly and once that initial break was taken from Federer it never looked like changing.
Nadals game plan was quickly blown out of the water. The courts in Shanghai are quite fast and Nadal didn’t adapt to the expectancy of Federer matching his game to the court speed.
If you have watched Federer on a hard court these last two years you would have seen his style has sped up to stop opponents from dictating play and also to stop opponents moving him about.
Nadal was essentially a spectator there were too many times he was just stood there watching the ball go past. I think the tactics or lack of tactics were naive of Nadal and it makes the rest of the season interesting with Paris and London on the horizon both of which are an indoor tournament which Nadal hasn’t won.