ATP Shanghai: Roger Federer tops Daniil Medvedev to open title defense


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ATP Shanghai: Roger Federer tops Daniil Medvedev to open title defense

World number 2 and the defending Shanghai champion Roger Federer was forced to work hard in his first official match after that unexpected fourth round loss at the US Open to John Millman, defeating an in-form Daniil Medvedev 6-4 4-6 6-4 in an hour and 53 minutes for his 37th win of the season and the 360th at Masters 1000 level overall. The young Russian won his biggest title in Tokyo last week as a qualifier and he had to switch his focus to Shanghai immediately, struggling in his first round match but giving his best against Roger before falling in three sets.

The two-time Shanghai champion struggled on his second serve but he managed to limit the damage in service games, losing serve once from three chances he gave to the youngster and winning 40% of the return points, breaking Daniil three times from seven chances and securing the win with a decisive return game at 4-4 in the final set.

The Swiss had 38 winners and 27 unforced errors while Medvedev landed 28 winners and 23 errors, unable to keep the pace with Roger in the shortest points up to four strokes which determined the winner. Roger broke in the very first game of the match after a forehand error from Medvedev who pulled it back in game four after a forehand error on the other side of the net.

He stayed in touch with Roger until the ninth game when Federer broke again thanks to a poor forehand from Daniil, closing the opener with a volley winner in game 10 for a 6-4 after 35 minutes. Roger earned a break point in the third game of the second set with a forehand winner but the Russian repelled it with a service winner that gave him the momentum to fight even stronger, earning a break in the 10th game after a forehand winner to grab the set and force a decider, moving closer to his biggest win in a career so far.

The Swiss fends off a break point in the second game of the second set with a service winner and he had the opportunity to move ahead in the next game, spraying a huge forehand error to keep Daniil on the positive side of the scoreboard.

The more experienced player kept everything under control in his service games in the rest of the match, mounting the pressure on Daniil and scoring a break at 4-4 when Medvedev sent a forehand wide to serve for the win in game 10.

He delivered a nice hold thanks to three winners, clinching the triumph with an ace to set the third round clash against a former Shanghai finalist Roberto Bautista Agut. Second round result:

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