Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal marched on to the semifinals of the Shanghai Masters by winning over Grigor Dimitrov and Richard Gasquet. Next opponent of Federer, Juan Del Potro, had a major doubt with a wrist injury that he suffered during the quarterfinals.
Roger Federer had an easier win compared to his nemesis as he defeated France’s Richard Gasquet 7-5, 6-4. Federer has a brilliant record facing Gasquet, against whom he has won the past 15 sets, all by margins of 6-4 or greater, and fans were hardly expecting things to change anytime soon.
However, the 16 seed did bring some competition in the opening set itself as he held a break point while 3-2 up. However, given the knack of coming back from tight situations that Federer has recently developed, the Swiss broke Gasquet at 5-5 winning the first set 7-5 eventually.
He then took an early lead by in the second set by breaking Gasquet’s serve and repeated it again at 3-3, eventually edging out Gasquet 6-4. He is scheduled to face Argentine Juan Martin Del Porto in the semi-final, who is a major doubt after suffering a wrist injury during his match against Serbia’s Viktor Troicki, even though he recovered in time to beat him 6-4, 1-6, 4-6.
The 29-year-old has had three operations on the wrist, missing 11 months of tennis. Potro’s communication manager has played down any serious concerns by informing that doctors have put him on a splint. Despite his US Open quarter-final loss to Potro, Federer holds a 16-6 lead in the FedEx ATP Head2Head series over the South American.