Sport Federer flies through to set up possible Wawrinka clash
Federer battles past Goffin into Shanghai Masters quarter-final
David Goffin offered stern opposition to Roger Federer, but the 20-time grand slam champion battled to victory at the Shanghai Masters.Backed by vociferous support from the crowd, Federer was firmly tested by Goffin but the 38-year-old eventually came out on top 7-6 (9-7) 6-4 on Thursday.
Roger Federer brushed aside Radu Albot to remain on course for a 10th title at the Swiss Indoors Basel.
Having seen off Peter Gojowczyk in short order in the first round, the 20-time grand slam champion was similarly emphatic in eliminating Albot, who offered scarce resistance in a 6-0 6-3 rout.
Albot won only six points on serve as Federer took the first set in just 22 minutes, and the Moldovan then looked in danger of being condemned to a double bagel.
Federer won the first two games of the second before Albot belatedly got on the board as he finally held serve.
Federer plans to play at Tokyo 2020
Roger Federer has said that he plans to play at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. The 20-time Grand Slam champion had previously spoken about his schedule up until the Wimbledon Championships and has now confirmed his desire to be present in Tokyo."At the end of the day my heart decided I would love to play the Olympic Games again," Federer told reporters. © Getty (Photo by Jun Sato/WireImage) "I've been debating with my team for a few weeks now, months actually, what I should do in the summer after Wimbledon and before the U.S. Open [in 2020].
Success in that game was greeted with huge applause from an appreciative crowd, and Albot was able to see the humourous side of his struggle as he performed a bow for the spectators.
Flawless from Fedmakes the quarters for the 17th time in 19 appearances with victory over Albot in Basel
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He took two further games to give the scoreline at least a modicum of respectability, but an unbelievable comeback was never on the cards.
Federer wrapped up the victory in 62 minutes, losing only 10 points on serve and hitting 32 winners to blow away the overmatched Albot.
The 38-year-old could next face compatriot Stan Wawrinka as Federer looks to claim his 23rd straight match win in his hometown in what will be his 17th quarter-final in 19 appearances at the tournament.
Khachanov flies the flag in Moscow after Medvedev withdrawal
Daniil Medvedev decided not to chase a seventh straight final due to fatigue but Karen Khachanov thrilled fans at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow.The world number eight, top seed and defending champion at the ATP 250 event, found himself 5-3 down in the decider but refused to buckle as Kohlschreiber eyed a notable scalp on his 36th birthday.
Wawrinka, who lost to Andy Murray in the final of the European Open last week, will face Frances Tiafoe on Thursday.
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Federer pulls out of ATP Cup in January .
Roger Federer has dropped out of the ATP Cup in January, meaning there will be no showdown with Andy Murray. The 38-year-old had committed to playing the inaugural tournament in Australia at the start of 2020, but has opted out in order to spend more time with his family.The team competition sees 24 countries compete against each other and Federer's Switzerland side were scheduled to start their campaign against Murray's Great Britain in Sydney on January 3.
Rafael Nadal/Carlos Moya vs Roger Federer/Stan Wawrinka 2007 Rome 1R Highlights
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Roger Federer vs Stan Wawrinka, 2 great breaks
Great break point for match by Federer and great racket break by Wawrinka.