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MASTERS 1000 SHANGHAI - Federer gives a lesson to Dolgopolov

MASTERS 1000 SHANGHAI - Federer gives a lesson to Dolgopolov

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by Alessandro Mastroluca

Roger Federer gave Alexander Dolgopolov a true lesson in Shanghai. The 2014 champion and 2010 finalist delivered 25 winners in beating the Ukrainian 6-4 6-2. Federer remained unbeaten (5-0) against qualifier Alexandr Dolgopolov, who has never won a set (0-11) against the Swiss.

Dolgopolov outlasted Feliciano Lopez over three sets in his last match but never managed to reach the Round of 16 at any of his ATP World Tour Masters 1000 appearances this year. Federer won the 36th out of 38 after winning the first set and reached the quarterfinals for the eight time this season.

The Swiss, the 2014 champion and losing finalist in 2010, aims to celebrate the sixth title of the year after winning Australian Open (d Nadal); ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells (d Wawrinka); ATP Masters 1000 Miami (d Nadal); Halle (d A.

Zverev); Wimbledon (d Cilic). Dolgopolov, aiming to clinch the second top 5 win of the season after beating Nishikori in Buenos Aires, lost serve in the first game of the match. And his fate became clear. Coming back to Shanghai for the first time since losing 2015 opener to Ramos-Vinolas, Federer controlled his service games with ease.

Dolgopolov put him under pressure just once as the Swiss was serving for the first set. His seventh ace brought the Swiss maestro up 30-15 but Dolgopolov forced a break point with some stunning defence and a great attempted pass which his opponent can only frame.

He eventually netted a forehand and Federer sealed the opening set with three times more winners than his opponent, 15 to 5. His message became even more stronger in the beginning of the second set as he drilled a down the line backhand volley from the baseline to pass Dolgopolov approaching the net on a chopped cross court-forehand.

Federer completed his 41st win of the season serving 11 aces and 80% of his first serves in and win an astounding 89% of points on second deliveries. The seventh game summarized the whole match. Dolgopolov repeatedly spurned chances to hold but after a seventh deuce, Federer converted a second break point as he belted a return back past his opponent, one of his 25 brilliant winners.

And that was all. Federer will face Gasquet for a place in the semifinals as the Frenchman won the derby against Simon. More to come .

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