Shanghai Masters 2018, DEFENDING champion Federer has advanced through to the quarterfinal at the 2018 Shanghai Masters with a three-set victory over Roberto and was a professional snooker tournament that took place in Shanghai, China from 10 to 16 September. It was a 24-man non-ranking …
Shanghai Masters 2018, The 2018 Shanghai Rolex Masters is a tennis tournament played on outdoor hard courts. It will be the tenth edition of the Shanghai ATP Masters 1000, classified and professional snooker tournament that took place in Shanghai, China from 10 to 16 September. It was a 24-man non-ranking …
DEFENDING champion Federer has advanced through to the quarterfinal at the 2018 Shanghai Masters with a three-set victory over Roberto Bautista Agut.
The Spaniard got the jump on Federer in the second set, blitzing him 6-2 before the Swiss maestro kicked back into gear in the third and took the match. But it didn’t come without some fire from his World No. 28 opponent.
A successful forehand winner from Bautista Agut at 4-4 in the deciding set was called out by the linesman, forcing the point to be replayed.
Federer successfully broke Bautista Agut’s serve and went on to take the set 6-4, sparking an outburst from his downed opponent.
He accused the umpires of favouritism for the 20-time grand slam champ during the “critical” moment as he fought to escape his second round of 16 exit in two tournaments.
“It is not the first time that favouritism has occurred,” he said after the match.
“I do not think I lost by that ball, but in my opinion I do not think the referee was right there.
“I’m a bit disgusted with the result because I think I have made merits to win or to put myself in a position to win, it was the first time I had Federer on the ropes, it was a good day to beat him and in the end he was not able to win.
“It was a very tense moment, I went 30-0, with two good serves, I was 30 equal and I felt the tension of having Federer in front of me.
“That the match was at a very critical point, a decisive moment like that, in a deuce, a point more or a point less is decisive.”
Federer’s win came after paying tribute to long-time rival Rafael Nadal as the Spaniard takes time off from the court to help his country out amid a flash flooding crisis.
“I know how important Majorca is to Rafa and I have been in touch with him to see if I can help with anything,” Federer said in a video message.
“I have seen him helping in the village where he comes from and to see that is super-inspiring. Rafa, you have our support.
“We are thinking of all the people in Majorca. We wish you strength in these difficult times and I hope to be back on Majorcasoon.”
Fellow rival Novak Djokovic, also taking part in Shanghai, said he hoped Nadal’s efforts would inspire others.
“A big hug and friendly regards to Rafa and well done amigo for helping out,” said the reigning Wimbledon and US Open champion.
“I invite anyone to give their support in anyway they can. Gracias.”
Federer and Djokovic are currently locked in a battle for the World No. 2 spot with the Serbian star just two wins away from pipping the 37-year-old.
He needs to make the final of the Shanghai Masters to go up a ranking.
Wu had a dream year in 2017. He created history for men’s tennis in China by winning both the boys’ singles and doubles titles at the 2017 US Open. He then went on to win Shanghai’s ATP Challenger championship to clinch a wildcard for the 2017 Rolex Shanghai Masters.
Wu fell to the experienced Simon on his Masters debut in the singles last year, but managed to advance to the second round of doubles partnering local player Wu Di.
The 18-year-old did not have a smooth start to his first season on the men’s tour. He struggled with injuries in the first six months of the year. But he made a strong comeback at the Jakarta Asian Games in August, advancing to the singles final before being defeated by his experienced opponent Denis Istomin. Runners-up is the best placed finish for a Chinese tennis player in 24 years at the Asian Games.
“The Asian Games helped to rebuild by self-confidence,” Wu told Shanghai Daily. “It was my first Asian Games. I could have done better, as I was very eager to bring back the gold medal for China. It’s an emotional feeling to fight for the mother country. But generally I was happy with my performance and look forward to the next tournaments in China.”
Wu has added a new member to his coaching team in Dutchman Sven Groeneveld, who in the past has worked with players like Maria Sharapova.
“He told me that the person who can make changes for me is myself,” Wu said. “I’m playing more aggressively and improving under his direction.”
Wu failed to make it into the last eight of this year’s Shanghai Challenger, while 32-year-old Tianjin-native Li Zhe became the only Chinese player to advance to the last four of the tournament. Li was therefore awarded a wildcard for the tournament.
The other wildcard went to Zhejiang native Zhang Ze, winner of this year’s Chengdu Challenger, which was also his second Challenger title.
The two doubles’ wildcards were given to the Chinese pairs of Zhangze/Gong Maoxin and Wu Di/Li Zhe.
Three-time National Games’ winner Wu Di was given a wildcard for the qualifier of this year’s masters. At last year’s tournament, Wu became the first Chinese player to win first-round matches in both his singles and doubles games. He lost to Steve Johnson in his second-round match.
The other three Chinese qualifier wildcards went to Zhang Zhizhen, Teri Gele and Hua Runhao.