Roger Federer cruises past Alexandr Dolgopolov to reach the quarter final in Shanghai
Roger Federer beat Alexander Dolgopolov 6-4 6-2 to reach the quarter final at the Shanghai Rolex Masters. The Swiss legend, who won the Shanghai title in 2014 and reached the final in 2010, will face Richard Gasquet, who beat Gilles Simon 7-5 6-7 6-3 in an all-French third round match. Dolgopolov has never won a set in his five head-to-head matches against Federer.
Federer broke serve in the first game of the match and held his service games with ease. He faced just one break point, as he served for the first set. Federer sealed the first set, as Dolgopolov netted his forehand. Federer hit 15 winners to Dolgopolov’s 5 in the first set.
Federer got his first break point of the second set, as Dolgopolov made an error when he was a break point down at 2-2.
Federer converted his second break point with his return winner in the seventh game after seven deuces in a 19-point game at 4-2 to earn a chance to serve for the match. He served out with ease to reach his fourth quarter final in six appearances in Shanghai.
Federer served 11 aces and won 80 % of his first serves in and 89% of points on his second serve.
Federer is bidding to win his sixth title of the year after Australian Open, Indian Wells, Miami, Halle and Wimbledon.
Richard Gasquet beat his compatriot Gilles Simon 7-5 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 in a hard-fought all-French third round. Gasquet went up a double break and served at 5-2 in the first set. Simon pulled both breaks back to draw level to 5-5 but Gasquet bounced back by winning the next two games to take the first set. Gasquet got an early break in the second set to build up a 3-1 lead but could not hold on his serve. Simon edged Gasquet by 7-5 n the tie-break to force the match to the decider. Simon got an early break in the first game of the third set but Gasquet broke twice in a row to win four consecutive games en route to taking the decider 6-3 and securing his first quarter final in this tournament. Gasquet has extended his winning record against Simon to 7-0 in their head-to-head matches.