Fed­erer, Djokovic, Zverev ad­vance at Shang­hai Masters

Daily Times (Primos, PA) - - SPORTS -

SHANG­HAI >> Al­though Roger Fed­erer fi­nally won a match in straight sets at this year’s Shang­hai Masters, it didn’t save him any en­ergy.

The de­fend­ing cham­pion reached the semi­fi­nals Fri­day by beat­ing eighth-seeded Kei Nishikori 6-4, 7-6 (4). His first two matches both went three sets.

“It was the same length, ac­tu­ally, as all three of my matches went the same length ba­si­cally, an hour and 52 (min­utes),” Fed­erer said. “So you see, two sets some­times doesn’t tell the truth.”

Fed­erer fin­ished the match with 10 aces and landed an im­pres­sive 71 per­cent of his first serves. He went up a break at the start of the sec­ond set, but then trailed 4-1 in the tiebreaker.

Fed­erer, a two-time cham­pion in Shang­hai, will next face 13th-seeded Borna Coric. The Croat de­feated Matthew Eb­den 7-5, 6-4.

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