Roger Federer equals incredible Rafael Nadal record with Shanghai triumph

Jose Verdugo
Octubre 12, 2019

"They're knocking on the door big time", Federer said after the 20-time Grand Slam champion was handed a penalty point in a three-set quarter-final loss to Zverev on Friday.

The US Open finalist defeated fellow rising star Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece 7-6 (7/5), 7-5.

Fognini beat seventh-seeded Karen Khachanov of Russian Federation 6-3, 7-5.

Medvedev's frustration got the better of him when Pospisil led 4-2, 40-30 in the first set, which led to him smashing his racket repeatedly into the ground at the baseline.

Zverev is the slight odds-on favourite to win this match at 9/13, whilst Berrettini is priced at 11/8.

Medvedev has now reached a tour-leading nine finals in 2019. Indeed, no one else has made it to more than five.

"It's something I could never have dreamed of", the world number four said of his sixth final on the trot.

Tsitsipas, runner-up at the China Open last week, continued to put the Serbian under pressure, though, and got the elusive break to level the match as he continued to unleash victor after winner. Federer, who was given a warning for "unsportsmanlike conduct" at the end of the second set, vented at the umpire after not being told new balls were in play.

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"I usually don't like to do it, to break the rackets, because it's never lovely", Medvedev said. "Probably two, three, four, five, six years' time, I don't know, but it's going to come at some point".

Tsitsipas takes on U.S. Open runner-up Daniil Medvedev, who overcame Italy's Fabio Fognini 6-3 7-6 (4).

The victory helped Zverev climb to seventh with 2,855 points in the race, 330 points more than eighth-placed Berrettini.

"He will always make it tricky for you like he did today with me, and you always got to play your best tennis to have a chance", Zverev said.

The German only lost two points on serve in the first set and, in a closer second, claimed his fourth break point of the game while returning at 4-4 to make the decisive breakthrough before holding serve to triumph.

The Greek said: "I hope it's going to be a fresh, new Stefanos out on this court, showing his best tennis and playing smart and making him play out of his comfort zone".

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