Roger Federer: 'I was very close to maybe not getting to the next step'


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Roger Federer: 'I was very close to maybe not getting to the next step'

Roger Federer defeated Daniil Medvedev in three sets, 6-4 4-6 6-4, to reach the Rolex Shanghai Masters third round. In press conference, the Swiss player said: 'It was just tougher to get into his service games.

In the third set I really started to figure it out, as well, how aggressive or how tactical I wanted to make the match, and by trying everything, I found a solution at the end, which was a great feeling to have, so I was very happy.

It was just tougher to get into his service games.' Federer is on a six match win streak in Shanghai having won 2017 title in the final over Rafael Nadal: 'Of course I feel pressure from the tournament organisers, the fans, my team, myself, because I know that sometimes coming through a tough first round can be the key to what's to come afterwards.

Today was very close to maybe not getting that next step.' This year Federer won Australian Open and Rotterdam titles respectively defeating the Croat Marin Cilic and the Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov in the finals.

He lost Indian Wells final to the Argentine Juan Martin del Potro, Halle final to Borna Coric and Cincinnati final to Novak Djokovic. He is committed to play Swiss Indoors in Basel and Nitto ATP Finals in London until the end of the season.

He will start 2019 at the Hopman Cup in Perth. Federer will now face the Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut next. ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title .