Shanghai Flashback: Roger Federer matches Rafael Nadal’s Masters 1000 wins

Roger Federer reached his 87th and so far the last Masters 1000 quarter-final in Shanghai 2019, battling past David Goffin 7-6, 6-4 for the tenth win over the Belgian in 11 encounters. Both players had more errors than winners, and Federer played on a higher level when it mattered the most to advance into the last eight. The Swiss saved two out of three break chances and earned two breaks that pushed him over the top and towards the 381st Masters 1000 victory, matching the record of Rafael Nadal. The Swiss had a slight edge in the shortest and most extended rallies. However, we have to say that Goffin gave his best to topple a great rival, wasting numerous opportunities in the opener and losing ground a bit in set number two to finish his journey in the third round.

The opening set lasted for 70 minutes, and it was a real roller coaster ride, with Federer fending off five set points to prevail and gain a massive boost ahead of set number two. Both players won 53 points and grabbed one break from two opportunities, and Federer survived the challenging third game with six deuces and one break chance to avoid an early setback. Returning at 5-4, Roger hit an incredible forehand down the line winner for a set point, denied by a forehand drive-volley winner from Goffin, who leveled the score at 5-5. The Belgian gained momentum and grabbed a break in the next one with a forehand winner that moved him closer to the finish line.

In Shanghai 2019, Roger Federer defeated David Goffin to reach the last eight.

David was a better player so far, but it was not enough to earn the set for him after squandering three set points on serve in game 12 and allowing Federer to break back. David led 5-2 and wasted chances at 6-5 and 7-6, blowing away five set points in total and losing the breaker 9-7 following Roger’s forehand winner. The Swiss was mighty relieved with this outcome, and he needed no second invitation to forge the lead in set number two. Federer dropped only six points on serve and secured a break in game seven when Goffin netted a forehand. Roger built the advantage and moved over the top with a hold at 15 in game ten that kept him on the title course.

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