Rafael Nadal makes admission after defeat to Roger Federer in Shanghai Masters final Nadal, who won the China Open last weekend, lost in straight sets in the Shanghai Masters final to Federer earlier today – 6-4, 6-3. Federer produced a superlative display, firing 10 aces to land his 94th career title on the ATP Tour. The Swiss, who has only lost four times this calendar year, is the only man who can pip Nadal to the world number one spot, even though. And Nadal is adamant he can never stop improving. “When somebody plays better than you, sport is not very difficult,” Nadal said. “When you play against somebody that is better than you in most of the things that really matters on this sport in this kind of surface, then its tougher. “There is room to improve for me, and I’m going to try. “But the conditions here were much better for him than for me, being honest.”. Despite being disappointed with the result, Nadal thinks he had a good week overall. He added: Every time I go on court I try my best. I try to play as good as I can. “Sometimes I play better; sometimes I play worse. Shanghai is an important event. “I always put attention in this event. It’s true that I was not able to play as good as I would like here that often, but I already play two finals, couple of semi-finals. So was not a bad event.”.