Federer reaches Shanghai quarters, plays Cilic next

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Follow the Federer vs Cilic QF match here:Roger Federer v Marin Cilic Live Shanghai Masters 2012
For full match report, click here: Federer vs Wawrinka Game by Game Match Report

Top seed Roger Federer defeated his friend and Davis Cup mate Stanislas Wawrinka to book a place in the Shanghai Rolex Masters 2012 quarterfinals. The Fed Express had to fight hard for today’s victory as he came back from a set down to prevail 4-6 7-6 (4) 6-0 in the end.

With this victory, Federer is guaranteed to remain another week at the top of the rankings, making it 300 weeks alltogether.

Wawrinka started the match with some brilliance, not holding back on any shot. He managed to take Federer’s serve in the 7th game of the first set and after he consolidated the break in the very next game, he took a 5-3 lead. A few moments later, Stan was serving for the set and he didn’t hesitate as he held to 30.

After both players traded one break each at the beginning of set two, the score was poised at 4-4. Wawrinka, whose first serve percentage dropped below 40% in this set, had a massive opportunity to break Federer yet again, but couldn’t convert the break chance he had at 4-4 40-30 up on the RF serve. An easy looking backhand miss from Stan got Roger out of trouble, keeping his chances alive in this match. With no more breaks of serve, the Chinese crowd was going to witness a tiebreak between the two competitors. The 17 time Grand Slam champion proved yet again that he has got nerves of steel as he raced to a 7-4 ‘breaker’ and set win, forcing a decider.

The Fed Express carried the momentum into the third set as he took Wawrinka’s serve in the opening game, just before consolidating the break for a 2-0 lead. Stan seemed to have capitulated from that moment on, with Roger making sure that he wouldn’t let him back into the match at any point, taking the next 4 games in a trott and booking a last 8 encounter against the Croat Cilic.

Marin Cilic also managed to come back from a set down to beat Spaniard Fernando Verdasco 4-6 6-1 6-4.

After Verdasco breaking his opponent in the 7th game to 30, he never looked back as he took a one set lead in the match. However, the Croat overpowered the Spaniard in the second set, allowing him only one game. Cilic then went on to take Verdasco’s serve in the third game of the decider, just before consolidating the break to go 3-1 up. Despite Verdasco earning himself three chances for a re-break in the 6th game of the set, but as he failed to convert any of them, this proved to his last chance to turn the match around.


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