Federer Defeats Djokovic in Shanghai Masters Semifinals

by John on October 11, 2014

Federer at Shanghai

Roger Federer, playing aggressive net-charging tennis, dominated world No. 1 Novak Djokovic 6-4, 6-4 in the semifinals of the Shanghai Masters Saturday night. Federer exacted a bit of revenge for his gut-wrenching five-set loss to Djokovic in the Wimbledon final in July, while improving to 3-2 on the year and 19-17 for his career against the Serb. Regardless of the outcome in tomorrow’s final against Frenchman Gilles Simon, Federer will supplant Rafael Nadal as world No. 2 in Monday’s updated ATP Rankings. The win snapped two-time defending champion Djokovic’s 28-match winning streak on Chinese soil. “It was a great match,” Federer said. “I think I played very well. There was nothing in the game today that wasn’t working.” Federer parlayed service breaks in the fifth game of the opening set and first game of the second, while never dropping his serve, to win comfortably in one hour and 35 minutes. The Swiss Maestro faced but one break point, outaced Djokovic 8 -5, and won the battle of winners 35-31. The relentless Federer covered the net like a blanket, winning 20 of 35 forays forward. Djokovic won 11 of his 15 trips to the net. “It was definitely one of the best matches he has played against me, that’s for sure,” Djokovic said. “He’s playing as good as ever.” Federer almost never made it past Wednesday as he had to save five match points to survive a marathon three-set win against Argentine Leonardo Mayer in the second round. He opined it was his “greatest escape” ever. Simon, who has a 2-4 record against Federer, usually plays the Swiss tough. Two of his losses were tight five-setters. “I’m not going to come into the match and play terrible,” Federer said. “It just won’t happen – not in the finals, not against Simon. That’s the confidence I have right now.”





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