Following a wild Wednesday that saw an array of surprising upsets, Roger Federer stands tall as one of the few remaining star in the Shanghai Rolex Masters. With his opening match firmly behind him, Federer will next contest a third round encounter against Roberto Bautista Agut, whom he has previously crossed paths with once on the professional tour. That meeting took place at this year’s US Open, where Federer was victorious in straight sets.
You can watch the match here: Federer vs Bautista Agut
After taking a three-week break following his successful Davis Cup run, Roger Federer kick started his campaign in Asia with a thrilling three-set battle against first-time opponent Leonardo Mayer. While many anticipated a quick one-sided contest, they were surprised to find a game Mayer pushing Federer to his limits in a third set tiebreaker. After saving five match points, Federer closed out the victory with an inhuman lob for a 7-5, 3-6, 7-6(7) final score.
Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut began his week in Shanghai with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Alexandr Dolgopolov and followed up with a second round victory over Canada’s Vasek Pospisil. The Spaniard withstood 15 aces, won 69% of his first service points and saved 6 of 8 break points he faced to win the match 7-6(1), 3-6, 6-4 in 2 hours and 12 minutes.
This will mark just the second time that these two competitors will meet on the professional tour, with Federer leading the series 1-0 with a relatively smooth victory at this year’s United States Open. Although Federer appeared slightly weary in his opening match, he will likely shake the cobwebs off in preparation for his third round encounter.
Prediction: Roger Federer in Three Sets