Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer has landed in Shanghai today. Federer, who made a stop in Tokyo earlier this week, arrived to Shanghai on Thursday afternoon. After doing some promotional work for Wilson, Federer is planning to be in attendance for Friday's action at the Shanghai Masters.
In May, the Shanghai tournament announced Federer would return to this year's tournament edition as "the ICON athlete of the Shanghai Masters." During his career, Federer made eight appearances at the Shanghai Masters.
Roger Federer arrived in Shanghai from Toyko this noon. He did promotion work with Wilson in the afternoon, and will spend time with his fans on the Center Court tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/sidgYoTlHN — Bendou Zhang🎾 (@BendouZhang) October 12, 2023
In Shanghai, Federer is a two-time champion, having won the tournament in 2014 and 2017.
Federer won his second and last Shanghai title in 2017
In 2017, tennis fans in Shanghai had a chance to witness Federer and Rafael Nadal clashing against each other in the Shanghai final.
In what was expected to be a tight final, Federer delivered a big performance to claim a routine 6-4 6-3 win over Nadal. After the final, Federer revealed he felt very relaxed before the final and that very positively reflected on his game.
"I had no nerves really before the match, which was nice. I was pretty clear about how I wanted to play the match. And then I came out and started off very well. Felt relaxed from then on. I always know that Rafa can come back at any moment if he connects well, picks the right sides, and does the right things.
I even felt that way being up 0/40, you know, going for the double break, but, I had a clear game plan and felt I was playing well all week. I think that settled my nerves, because I was returning well from the first match here I played against Schwartzman.
The serve only got better. I guess I saved the best for last. I played some good matches now against del Potro and also now these two sets. In a way, it's not surprising, because I did feel good all week, and it does pay off to arrive early to an event.
You can't do it all the time, but I was here since Thursday late night and that's five, six days to prepare for a Wednesday match. So I was ready," Federer said after beating Nadal in the 2017 Shanghai final. Federer made the Shanghai semifinal the following year before picking up a quarterfinal exit in his last Shanghai appearance in 2019.