ROGER FEDERER NEWS
October 15, 2017 -- Shanghai, China
Roger clinched his 27th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title today and sixth title of the year after facing Rafael Nadal for the fourth time in 2017.
Playing near flawless, the Swiss star was aggressive and capitalized when he needed to as he dominated the match winning 6-4, 6-3.
This win marks Roger's 700th hard court victory as he improved to 10-1 against top 10 players in 2017. It is his 94th title of his career, now putting him level with Ivan Lendl. And the year is not over yet!
"I had no nerves really before the match, which was nice," he said. "I was pretty clear about how I wanted to play the match. And then I came out and started off very well. Felt relaxed from then on. I always know that Rafa can come back at any moment if he connects well, picks the right sides, and does the right things. The serve only got better. I guess I saved the best for last. I played some good matches now against del Potro and also now these two sets. In a way, it's not surprising, because I did feel good all week, and it does pay off to arrive early to an event. You can't do it all the time, but I was here since Thursday late night and that's five, six days to prepare for a Wednesday match. So I was ready."
October 14, 2017 -- Shanghai, China
After being taken out in the US Open by Juan Martin del Potro, Roger had a chance to beat the big hitting Argentine today in the semifinals of the Shanghai Rolex Masters. While Roger struggled to convert break points in the first set, he held on and waited for del Potro to make some errors to turn the match in his favor. After dropping the first set 6-3, the Swiss Maestro did not allow del Potro a break point for the rest of the match and won the final two sets 6-3, 6-3.
"Clearly getting the break and then holding, it's always key in tennis," he said. "I'm happy I was able to do it, especially with all the twists and turns and, blink at the wrong time, he might hold the game and then you don't know what's going to happen next."
This win takes Roger into his third final at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event. He won Shanghai in 2014. And he will face Rafael Nadal in the finals for the fourth time in 2017. Roger has beaten Rafa each time they have played this year including the finals of the Australian Open, the finals of Miami and the Round of 16 at the Indian Wells BNP Paribas Open.
October 13, 2017 -- Shanghai, China
Roger solidified his semifinal appearance at the Shanghai Rolex Masters today as he battled against Richard Gasquet. The feisty Frenchman kept up and even broke early in the first set, but Roger buckled down to win the match 7-5, 6-4.
"I thought it was a really good match. Some big points, important shots at the right time for both guys sometimes to stay even, and we both created chances," he said. "I thought we were able to keep up the level from the beginning till the very end...I enjoyed it because it was slices and topspins and angles and power and finesse. I think the match had a bit of everything."
Roger sets up another clash against the big-hitting Argentine, Juan Martin del Potro. However, unfortunately during his match he fell and hurt his left wrist and went to the hospital to get an MRI.
"I hope for him that it's nothing serious. Of course it's on the wrist, as well, that he's had problems in the past, so this is where he's worried, rightfully so. For me, at the end of the day, nothing changes. I'm ready to come out here tomorrow and see the match like it's a revenge chance for the US Open, where it was tight and I couldn't win. So I see that more than his injury," Roger said. "But I hope for now that Juan Martin can recover and we can play a normal match."
October 12, 2017 -- Shanghai, China
Roger took another step forward in Shanghai today after defeating Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-4, 6-2. Looking to be in control the whole match, he only faced one break point. He advances to the Quarterfinals for the fourth time in six appearances and will face Richard Gasquet next.
"I felt good in the first match," he said. "So I felt, I think, the same. I think maybe the matchup was maybe a bit easier and I took my chances more. Had a better ratio of winning on the break points that I didn't quite have against Schwartzman. That's maybe the biggest difference of both matches, so I'm happy I was able to do better today on the break points."
Roger is currently ranked No. 2 in the Emirates ATP Rankings and is looking to gain his sixth title of the season.
October 11, 2017 -- Shanghai, China
In his first match back since the US Open, Roger found himself facing a tough opponent in his first match this evening at the Shanghai Rolex Masters. Diego Schwartzman pushed the Swiss star as the fiesty Argentine clawed his way back from 2-5 to take the first set to a tiebreaker.
“I knew going in it was not going to be easy. He's had a great run in recent weeks and months. I really felt that he was confident. Shaking off misses, no problem. He was serving well. You could see he was taking the right decisions on his groundstrokes,” Federer said.
The second set was a bit more routine for Roger as he settled in and broke early taking the 2nd set 6-4.
“I think getting the break early in the second set gave me the chance to try a few more things, play more relaxed, go for my shots more, and then I was able to bring it home, coming back from love/30 I think in the last game,” Federer said. “So it was a good match for me. I'm actually very happy with my level.”
Roger improves to 40-4 after this win. He will face Alexandr Dolgopolov in the next round.