Zverev Denies Federer a Chance for Shanghai Title


Shanghai Masters will have a new champion on Sunday as Roger Federer was the last former tournament winner to drop out. After Novak Djokovic lost to Stefanos Tsitsipas earlier today, Roger Federer was eliminated as well, falling to fifth seed Sascha Zverev in three sets 6–3, 6(7)–7(9), 6–3.

Both players looked confident on their own serve until Zverev broke the 38-year-old Swiss in the eighth game. The German was able to hold without too many issues and give himself a one-set advantage after only 28 minutes of play.

Federer retaliated at the beginning of the second set with an immediate break but was broken back in the very next game. Serving at 5–5 and facing another break point, Roger came out to the net, but Zverev had a beautiful passing forehand to take the lead. However, this is only where the drama began.


Zverev had three consecutive match points on his serve, but Federer pulled some amazing volleys out of his bag of tricks to save all match points and force a tiebreak.

Zverev had a couple of more match points in the tiebreak, including one on his serve, but made two unforced errors, after which Federer served an ace to bring the match into a decider.

We expected more of the same in the third set, but this was a part of the match where the young German was straight up dominating. He took a three-game lead right at the start and held his serve convincingly until the last point.

Finally starting to play the way I should play, really. I was playing really defensive the whole year, and I didn’t have a lot of confidence, said 22-year-old Zverev after the match.

Zverev will play either Thiem or Berrettini in the semi-finals, while the other semi-final pair consists of Medvedev and Tsitsipas. Both matches are scheduled for Saturday morning (GMT).