Ze Zhang lost to Daniil Medvedev 3-6, 7-6, 6-4 on Tuesday at the Rolex Shanghai Masters. Zhang, the world no. 216 and Chinese no. 1 who got into the main draw through a wild card, was a couple of points away from the win and was a little disappointed after the loss.
Medvedev, then, lost to the 20-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer in the second round. 'I did have a lot of opportunities,' said Zhang. 'The opponent just flew from Tokyo on Monday, and before that he has had seven matches.
So that is a good opportunity for me. But he's really very professional. He's very stable. He's performing consistently. I think this is a very high quality match. The opponent is also very strong. But it's a pity that I lost the opportunity to play with Roger Federer, to see what's the difference between us.
I had the thought, but it's a pity that I didn't make it.' Commenting on his recent results, Zhang, a 28-year-old guy, added: 'The past three weeks, I went to quite a few matches. I also played doubles with Gong Maoxin.
I think I have been making progress, although it's really a pity today that I lost the match. But basically I think that I played well. How to say, I don't think there is a big gap between me and the opponent. Before today's match, I tried to play well, but I think I really wanted to win the match today.
I tried my best in today's match. My coach has given me a lot of advice mentally and also in terms of tactics. When it comes to the second set, both the opponent and I didn't make big mistakes, but his serving is really helping him a lot.
This is also the case with the third set, the fourth game. So for me I regret that I lost the match. I played well, but I didn't win. That's why I say that I regretted. It's a pity that I lost the match.' ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title