After clinching 300 weeks at world #1, Roger Federer had an easier time Friday night in Shanghai. The Swiss maestro defeated Marin Cilic in straight sets, 6-3 6-4, to advance to a semifinal showdown against Andy Murray.
Federer was broken once while serving for the match, while serving 9 aces and hitting 26 winners in the 1 hour 21 minute match. The Swiss spoke afterward about facing Murray in the semifinals.
“I assume he’s very confident right now and probably playing with a little bit less pressure,” Federer said. “Then again, that can go either way. It’s been a long year for all of us.”