Published On: Wed, Oct 10th, 2018

Roger Federer: This is why I was very happy with Shanghai Masters win

Federer faced his Russian opponent for the first time in his career on Wednesday afternoon and he was forced to go the distance to secure a 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 victory.

The Swiss star is out to defend his Shanghai Masters crown this week in a bid to keep his year-end world No 1 hopes alive.

And he was extremely grateful to come through a tricky second-round tie against a man who won the Tokyo Open last week.

“It was extremely difficult, that is why I was very happy at the end,” Federer said after setting up a third-round clash with Roberto Bautista Agut.

“It was a good fight and I enjoyed it. The crowds were unbelievable. From the first round for them them to come out and support me like they did was a wonderful feeling.

“Medvedev definitely showed why he is ranked so high right now and he is only rising.

“He is obviously confident winning Tokyo and then adjusting this this surface, which is not easy as he only had a day off and a lot of matches.

“Credit to him for hanging tough and making this a really good match.

“I played some great tennis at the end to make a difference and I am happy to be in the next round tomorrow.”

Federer has to switch his tactics up at numerous occasions throughout the battle to earn the decisive break in the ninth game of the decider.

“He was maybe a touch better at the end but I had some adjusting to do,” he added.

“Because of his play in the second set I tried some slices, then I tried to hit hard and then I tried to come into the net.

“I really tried a bit of everything and that’s why I am as happy right now because it did work by trying a bit of everything and taking the right decisions at the end.”

Federer will have to be much better if he is to defend his crown in China as Novak Djokovic is the favourite to win the competition.

The two tennis greats are in the opposite half of the draw so could meet in the final.

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