Shanghai Masters 2018: The Shanghai Masters is a Tennis tournament to take place in Shanghai, ChinaThe 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. It is a 24-man non-ranking invitation event, unlike previous editions of the Shanghai Masters which were ranking events.
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.”
Day 4 of Rolex Shanghai Masters had a lot of promise and mostly the big names delivered with some incredible performances, but the ending wasn’t quite what the crowd and fans all around the world would’ve hoped for.
It was another injury scare for Juan Martin del Potro during his 3rd round match against Borna Coric. At 5-4(30-40) in the first set, while returning a rally shot from Coric, del Potro slipped on the court in what looked like a rough fall. He sought medical attention one game later (was uncomfortable and ultimately got broken), and finally retired after he lost the first set 5-7.
This marks a 5th career Masters 1000 quarterfinal for Coric who sets up a quarterfinal against Matthew Ebden. Ebden won his 3rd round against Peter Gojowczyk 6-2 6-3 in just 50 minutes!
Although the end wasn’t ideal, the morning session of the day’s play was. 4th seeded Alexander Zverev came out all guns blazing and overpowered his Australian opponent, Alex de Minaur. Zverev blasted his way past De Minaur 6-1 6-4 in just 68 minutes to make his 10th Masters 1000 quarterfinal and become the youngest ever quarter-finalist in Shanghai. On Show Court 3, Kyle Edmund dispatched Nicolas Jarry 7-6(5) 6-3 to set up a tricky quarterfinal against Zverev.
On Center Court, much like Zverev, Novak Djokovic made little work of his opponent as well. In a rematch of their Roland Garros quarterfinal, Djokovic turned the tables against Marco Cecchinato and beat him 6-4 6-0 in 69 minutes to maintain his winning run.
Should he reach the semifinal, he’ll be just 215 points shy of Rafael Nadal. But his road to semifinal won’t be easy, as he faces an ever-improving Kevin Anderson who firmly dispatched Greek youngster Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4 7-6(1), winning 82% first serve points and losing serve just once.
During the first night session match, Kei Nishikori delivered a brilliant performance against Sam Querrey to make the Shanghai Masters quarterfinals for the first time since 2011. The win gets him to #9 in the live race rankings, making him a contender to make it to London. Nishikori’s performance is improving ever-so-steadily and he could very well pose as a serious threat against Swiss legend Roger Federer.
Federer’s match against Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain was his easiest in the draw in terms of ranking. But a spirited performance from Agut made sure Federer had to toil much harder than expected to get the win. Despite a good serving day, he struggled against a hard-hitting Agut and for the second straight match, got stretched to 3 sets to get the win.