Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal enter semifinals

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.

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