Roger Federer: ‘What is really important in life in the end?’

World number two and two-time Shanghai champion Roger Federer held onto defending the title three years ago thanks to a 6-4, 7-6 victory over Kei Nishikori in one hour and 51 minutes. Roger advanced to the 63rd Masters 1000 semi-final, raising his level compared to the previous two matches and beating the Japanese for the sixth time in eight games. It was the highest level clash, as the two rivals stood side by side after an early lead from Roger. The Japanese began to play better and remained in contention until the tie break of the second set, where he had his rival. Federer served 71% and hit ten aces, fending off four of six break points and stealing Kei’s serve three times out of eight chances (six in the first game of the match alone) to seal the deal in straight sets. Roger struck out with 43 winners after hitting with great rhythm from both service, forehand and backhand, while holding onto 35 unforced errors. Kei had 27 winners and 24 unforced errors, but that wasn’t enough to take a set, squandering a 4-1 lead in the second-set tie-break to end his journey into the quarters. Nishikori had the advantage in the longer rallies, and Federer erased that deficit in the shorter points by up to four strokes, winning 62 of 102 to emerge as the winner. With a touch of luck Roger converted the sixth break opportunity early in the match and advanced 4-1 with another break in the fifth game when Nishikori couldn’t control a deep return. The Japanese recovered a break in the next game after a winner with the return and the help of the net, generating momentum and staying in contact with Roger for the next 80 minutes.

Federer has been struggling with frequent injuries

In a recent interview with Ringier, Roger Federer opened up on how he wants people to remember him once his playing days are over. Federer stressed that he wants to be remembered as a “good” tennis player but also as a humble individual. “I hope I will be remembered as a casual, cool, good tennis player,” Roger Federer said. “And as a person, I hope that I was able to exemplify that even if you succeed, you can meet people with decency, attitude and fairness.” Federer was then asked if he envisions a dream ending for his career. “That doesn’t exist for me (a dream ending). But I hope that I can choose the moment myself. I’m sure I’ll notice when this moment has come,” Federer said. “I’m not afraid of the time after my professional career,” he added. “This will be a smooth transition. Mirka and I have managed the life balance between tennis, family and friends incredibly well. This is what makes me most proud. Because what is really important in life in the end?”

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