Roger Federer defeated France's Gilles Simon 7-6 (6), 7-6 (2) to capture his fourth title of the year at the Shanghai Masters on Sunday.
Inevitably, even the best players go through bad stretches during a season. Unless you're Novak Djokovic, who bagged his record-setting fifth Masters Series shield.
Venus Williams won her opening-round match, shaking off a slow start to beat Yuliana Fedak 7-5, 6-2. Venus had 28 winners to two for Fedak.