Federer feeling worn out at Shanghai Masters
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 per cent of his first serves. He went up a break at the start of the second set, but then trailed 4-1 in the tiebreaker.
“I was happy to get out in two,” Federer said. “I somehow got it done. I think I can be very happy with my level of play this week.”
Federer, a two-time champion in Shanghai, will next face 13th-seeded Borna Coric. The Croat defeated Matthew Ebden 7-5, 6-4.
“He’s really improved his game, stepping up into the court, goes for his shots more than he used to,” Federer said of Coric. “He good in defence now, he has a transition game now, and a solid serve. I’ve always played him when he’s playing well, but I’ll hope I can take it to him.”
Earlier, fourth-seeded Alexander Zverev secured a spot in next month’s ATP Finals with a 6-4, 6-4 quarterfinal win over Kyle Edmund.
Zverev is the fifth player to qualify for the season-ending tournament in London, joining Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro in the eight-player field.