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Federer meets Zverev in the quarter finals of Shanghai Masters 2019

Federer meets Zverev in the quarter finals of Shanghai Masters 2019

World number three Roger Federer saved five set-points in the first set, before beating David Goffin 7-6 (7), 6-4 in the third round, on October 10th.

Federer beat Goffin 6-2, 6-2, 6-0 in the US Open a few weeks ago, but encountered many difficulties in his rematch in Shanghai. Goffin, with persistent, clever and stubborn tennis, made Federer unable to win the "pace" like most previous meetings between the two players.

"I have not had a single moment in which I feel like I have the upper hand in today's match," Federer shared after a hard victory from 7-6, 6-4. "Goffin played very well, a lot better than back in the US Open".

In the first set, no player loses the serve until Federer pushes himself into a difficult position at the end of the set. Swiss player, after missing set-point in game 10, lost game serve and Goffin lead 6-5. Goffin took over and had three set-points, 40-30 and two in turn, respectively, but were all missed by forehand and serve errors. The Belgian finally lost the game and handed Federer a tie-break series.

There, Goffin continued to miss two set-points when leading 6-5 and 7-6. He lost two serve points and helped Federer have the first set-point in the tie-break series. Federer proved his bravery, taking the opportunity to win the series with a score of 9-7.

The tug of war continued in the second set before Roger Federer won the game to block the ball - game 7 of the set - thanks to the opponent's forehand error. "Express train" straight ahead to win 7-6, 6-4 after an hour and 55 minutes.

The 10th victory in 11 Goffin encounters brought Federer into the quarterfinals against Alexander Zverev - who eliminated Andrey Rublev after two sets. The battle of Federer - Zverev took place at 18:30 on 11/10 (GMT+8). Earlier, at 13h, Novak Djokovic met Stefanos Tsitsipas. The other two quarter-final pairs, Daniil Medvedev, met Fabio Fognini and Matteo Berrettini met Dominic Thiem.