Federer Defeats Medvedev in Shanghai Masters Thriller – Defending champion Roger Federer survived an opening round scare at the Shanghai Rolex Masters, fighting past Russian Daniil Medvedev 6-4 4-6 6-4 in nearly two hours Wednesday night. The Swiss maestro extended his win streak in Shanghai to seven against his 22-year-old opponent, who was coming off winning the Japan Open where he defeated Kei Nishikori. Medvedev forced the 37-year-old Swiss to dig deep in the third set, as play remained tight until 4-all, when the 20-time grand slam champion managed to break serve and go on to serve out the match. Attacking tennis was key for Federer, who served 10 aces with no double faults, winning 82% of points on his first serve, as well as hitting 38 winners (despite 27 unforced errors) and winning 29 of 42 points at net. He converted three of seven break point opportunities for the match.
“In the third set I really started to figure it out, as well, how aggressive or how tactical I wanted to make the match, and by trying everything, I found a solution at the end, which was a great feeling to have, so I was very happy,” Federer said. “It was just tougher to get into his service games.”
The Swiss will face Roberto Bautista Agut in Thursday’s third round, and he is well aware of the challenge his next opponent brings to the court. “I have a lot of respect for him. He’s just a tough guy, you know. So you have to bring it. Could be similar like today. A lot of long rallies potentially,” Federer said.
Federer Defeats Medvedev in Shanghai Masters Thriller
Source: ATP World Tour