Roger Federer defeated David Goffin in a straight-set match, 7-6 6-4, to reach the Shanghai Masters quarter-finals. The Swiss player said: "I thought I had some chances that hopefully were not going to come back and haunt me there in that second set.
Yeah, I never really felt like I had the upper hand over David today. I thought he did a really good job. He was so much better than at the US Open. I don't know why he couldn't play at that level in New York. Maybe just one of those off-days, you know.
Of course it was day session. It was different in New York than here. It was maybe quicker, too, which always makes the margins smaller. But I was pretty happy how I played, too. It was really him that was able to, I don't want to say dictate play, but I think he was very clear in his shot selection, when to do what also in terms of the scoreline.
I thought he took really a lot of good decisions, and he was super fast on his feet today, which I think made it really hard for me to get my freebies and winners off the baseline, because he was getting to all of them. It was a really tough match today. I think that first set maybe ended up being key. Who knows?"