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Shanghai Masters 2017 Live Stream: How to watch and bet on the Shanghai Rolex Masters live online

Live Tennis Staff in ATP 14 Oct 2017
  • Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer face off in the final of the 2017 Shanghai Rolex Masters, the penultimate Masters 1000 Series event of the year
  • Nadal vs Federer Shanghai Rolex Masters tennis is live from Shanghai on Sunday at 4.30pm local/9.30am BST
  • Watch and bet on tennis live from Shanghai at bet365 > live streaming > tennis
Rafael Nadal (Photo by NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)

World No. 1 Rafael Nadal is in ominous form as he continues on his quest for a first Shanghai Rolex Masters title, but he's up against Roger Federer in the final: A thrilling conclusion to the penultimate ATP Masters 1000 of the season awaits!

Nadal vs Federer Shanghai Rolex Masters tennis is live from Shanghai on Sunday at 4.30pm local/9.30am BST. Watch and bet on tennis live from Shanghai at bet365 > live streaming > tennis

Shanghai Masters 2017 tournament schedule

Who is playing the Shanghai Masters in 2017?

The penultimate Masters 1000 Series event of the season brings the ATP World Tour's autumnal Asian swing to a close as the top players in men's tennis once again gather to compete for the title at the Shanghai Rolex Masters.

The tournament has mostly been dominated by Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic, who between them have won the Shanghai Rolex Masters six of the past seven years, so the absence of three-time champion Djokovic and defending champion Murray as both men try to recover from injuries and recoup their strength for 2018 is glaring - but it also opens up huge opportunities for the rest of the field, including the two megastars who between them have defined the 2017 season and who will be at the head of the Shanghai field when the tournament begins on Monday 9 October.

Despite the absence of Murray and Djokovic, the tournament couldn't have asked for a better final as perennial rivals Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer will face off for the Shanghai Rolex Masters title on Sunday 15 October at 9.30am BST.

Roger Federer (Photo by Kevin Lee/Getty Images)
2014 Shanghai champion Federer didn't drop a set during his first three matches, coming through a decent field that included Diego Schwartzman, Alexandr Dolgopolov and Richard Gasquet. But the classy Swiss faced his sternest test yet on Saturday when he confronted the might of former US Open champion, Juan Martin del Potro. Del Potro was the last man to defeat the great Federer, breaking up a hotly-anticipated 'Fedal' semifinal in New York with a four-set victory in the quarterfinals, and the Argentine is a former runner-up in Shanghai. 

Despite injury concerns coming in after a fall on his left wrist during his quarterfinal against Viktor Troicki, del Potro was at his brutal, explosive best, taking the first set against Federer 6-3 despite winning just five points on return during the entirety of it. But Federer stayed cool and stuck to his game plan, eventually prevailing on his sixth break point chance in a mammoth game midway through the second set to turn the tide in his favour, with crisp serving helping the world no. 2 to a 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory which keeps his hopes of a second Shanghai Rolex Masters title alive.  

When it comes to form, there's only really been one man worth talking about this week in Shanghai, and that's Nadal. The Spanish great brought a 12-match winning streak on hard courts into the Shanghai Rolex Masters after winning the US Open and last week's China Open in Beijing, and has extended that streak to 16 straight victories in Shanghai. Dropping just a handful of games in his first matches against Jared Donaldson and Fabio Fognini, Nadal dropped his only set of the tournament so far in an entertaining quarterfinal against Grigor Dimitrov, but never looked in danger of defeat. Facing Marin Cilic in the semifinals, Nadal stood firm as Cilic - set to rise to a career high of world no. 4 this week, and chasing down Nitto ATP World Tour Finals qualification - threw everything at the Spanish player, taking advantage of the quick court in Shanghai to throw everything his big attacking game could muster at Nadal and earning a trio of set points in the first set. Nadal snuffed them all out and broke to take the first set, but Cilic managed to break him back when he was serving for the match to push the second set to a deciding tie break. Even Cilic's biggest artillery wasn't enough against Nadal on this form, however, and Nadal edged a 7-5, 7-6(3) victory to await Federer in the final. 

Read more about how Saturday's Shanghai Masters semifinals unfolded

With Nadal leading Federer in the race for the year-end world no. 1 ranking by 2,000 points or more, there's a lot on the line as these two superstars face off - and it's not just about points, prize money or even the prestige of winning the penultimate Masters 1000 Series of the year, either. While Nadal still owns a 23-14 advantage over Federer in the head-to-head, and the two men have divided the biggest prizes of the season so far between them, when Nadal and Federer have faced off so far in 2017, there's only been one winner - Federer. whose new, more aggressive tactics have seen him beat Nadal at the Australian Open, Indian Wells and Miami. Moreover, the fast courts in Shanghai favour Federer. But it's been years since Nadal has played as well as he has in the past few weeks to compile his 16-match winning streak. Who will prevail when the two titans of 2017 face off for the Shanghai title on Sunday?

Nadal vs Federer is live from Shanghai on Sunday at 4.30pm local/9.30am BST.

About the Shanghai Rolex Masters

The penultimate Masters Series event of the season, the Shanghai Rolex Masters also brings the ATP World Tour’s autumn Asian swing to a close after stops in 250 events in Shenzhen and Chengdu, and 500-level events in Beijing and Tokyo held the week before the Shanghai Masters.

The roots of the Shanghai Rolex Masters date back to 1996, when the first ATP event was held in the largest city in China. In 2002, the ATP World Tour’s season-ending championships were held in Shanghai for the first time at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre, and the popularity of champion Lleyton Hewitt led the ATP World Tour to bring the season finale – then known as the Tennis Masters Cup – back to Shanghai for a four-year sojourn between 2005 and 2008 at a purpose-built facility, the Qizhong Forest Sports City Arena. Roger Federer featured in three of the four Tennis Masters Cup finals in Shanghai, finishing runner-up to David Nalbandian in 2005 and capturing the title in 2006-7 before Novak Djokovic won his first title in 2008, the final year of the event being held in Shanghai.

As the season-ending championships, now known as the ATP World Tour Finals, moved to London in 2009, the Shanghai event took on a new guise as the second-to-last of nine Masters Series events held in the season. Rebranded as the Shanghai Rolex Masters and offering 1,000 ranking points to the winner, the event is now one of the highlights of the climactic stages of the ATP World Tour season and a key battleground when it comes to qualifying for the season-ending championships.

The flagship event of the ATP World Tour’s autumn Asian swing, the inaugural Shanghai Rolex Masters was won by Nikolay Davydenko, who defeated Rafael Nadal in the final. Titles for Andy Murray (2010-11) and Novak Djokovic (2012-13, 2015) followed, with Juan Martin del Potro and David Ferrer featuring in the finals as well as Roger Federer, who finally captured the title in 2014 when he beat Gilles Simon in the final. 

Shanghai Masters tournament information

Fast facts about the Shanghai Rolex Masters

Shanghai Rolex Masters
Dates9-16 October 2017
LocationShanghai, China
VenueQizhong Forest Sports City 
First played2009
CategoryMasters 1000
SurfaceHard courts
Prize money$5,452,985
Draw size56 singles/24 doubles
Most titlesAndy Murray/Novak Djokovic (3 each)
Reigning singles championAndy Murray
Reigning doubles championsJohn Isner/Jack Sock

Shanghai Masters champions

Previous winners of the Shanghai Rolex Masters

2009Nikolay DavydenkoRafael Nadal
2010Andy MurrayRoger Federer
2011Andy Murray (2)David Ferrer
2012Novak DjokovicAndy Murray
2013Novak Djokovic (2)Juan Martin del Potro
2014Roger FedererGilles Simon
2015Novak Djokovic (3)Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
2016Andy Murray (3)Roberto Bautista Agut

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