Roger Federer: 'My fans understood I was in trouble'

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Roger Federer: 'My fans understood I was in trouble'

Roger Federer gave a lot of credits to the crowd for his win over Daniil Medvedev. Many fans attended the night session match on the Rolex Shanghai Masters Central Court being very passionate. 'I really feel also parts of the victory today belongs to the fans here in Shanghai', Federer said.

'I thought they were phenomenal for the first round and they understood I was in trouble and I appreciate that. I like when the crowds cheer. If they cheer for me, that's better, but if they cheer for the opponent, that's okay, too, as long as there is a great crowd.

But I'm very thankful and very happy when I see everybody's having a good time. Thankfully I'm used to it. Good, big crowds, loud crowds. You very rarely get a chance to see a group of guys getting together like this, sitting in a row, I don't know, a hundred, and a few rows up, as well, and holding up massive banners.

It's not what tennis usually is about. It's splintered, splintered groups all around the stadium. I feel like that's very unique here in Shanghai. They devote their time and creativity, almost like a football fan, and they are all together there to support me.

So I appreciate that they take the time to think of me also when I'm not here in Shanghai, and when I do show up, they are so excited and so happy, and that obviously gives me a lift, a big one. I can't thank them enough.' ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title