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Roger Federer praised Andy Murray ahead of 2019 Shanghai Masters

Roger Federer praised Andy Murray ahead of 2019 Shanghai Masters

Roger Federer impressed with the recent performance of former world number one tennis player Andy Murray.

"It's great to have the opportunity to see him again. I think it will bring a lot of fun to the tournament and to the players like us. We respect each other. There is no enemy here. We need people who have the will to overcome difficulties like him. I am very happy to see Andy playing again. I also feel that he is playing better and better", Federer talked about Murray on the morning of October 7th, at a press conference before the Shanghai Masters 2019.

After hip surgery in late January, the world's number one former player is gradually asserting herself. In Beijing last week, Murray reached the quarterfinals. Before losing to Dominic Thiem, he defeated Matteo Berrettini - who was present in the US Open semi-finals 2019, in round 1.

Andy Murray arrived in Shanghai this week on a special ticket and will face the player from the Ignacio Londero qualifying round in the first round. Federer ranked second seed and will start from the second round against Albert Ramos-Vinolas, the Spanish tennis player surpassed Marin Cilic after two sets with the same score 6-4.

"The table is not easy. It depends on your opponent. I feel I have enough energy to play and finish the game strongly", Federer said.

Roger Federer attended the Shanghai Masters seven times and won the championship twice (2014, 2017). He was excited to return to the Masters 1000 and was warmly welcomed by fans in Shanghai. "I can clearly see the happiness and excitement of the fans here. This is very meaningful to me. Can't see the support group like this in any other tournament in the world", 38-year-old Swiss player shared.

Federer will begin his journey to conquer the Shanghai Masters championship with a match against Ramos-Vinolas, scheduled for 12:00 on October 8th (GMT+8 time).