Second seed Roger Federer will take on David Goffin in the round of 16 at the Shanghai Masters on Thursday, October 10. The match is scheduled to start at 6.30 pm Local time (11.30 am BST). You can find the Roger Federer v David Goffin live streaming options along with its preview, head to head and tips here.
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Roger Federer v David Goffin Head to Head
Both the players have met ten times so far in their career with Federer winning nine of them. Goffin’s only victory came at the indoor courts at the master’s cup back in 2017.
Federer Back to his Best After an Injury Cloud
Roger Federer went out of the US Open in the quarter-finals after losing a marathon five-setter against Grigor Dimitrov. There were many concerns concerning his back injury, and some people feared that we wouldn’t see the world number three much in action for the remaining season. But he made a strong comeback in the Laver Cup and helped Team Europe clinch the title by beating John Isner & Nick Kyrgios.
After Rafael Nadal’s late pull-out, Federer is the second seed this week in Shanghai. He got a bye in the first round and came through a straight-sets victory against Ramos Vinolas in the second round.
Last year he reached the semi-finals in Shanghai and had beaten Russia’s Daniil Medvedev in the second round. A player who is just 635 ranking points behind Federer this year with lesser points to defend this week.
Federer will be hoping for another straight-sets victory in the third round to save some energy that he will need at the business end of the tournament.
Goffin Faces One of the “Top Three” Again
David Goffin must be wondering what he should do to avoid “Big three” this year. He went out to Rafael Nadal at the French Open, Djokovic at the Wimbledon and Roger Federer at the US Open this year. Last week he came short again against Djokovic in the Tokyo open Semifinals. Earlier this year at Halle, he had an impressive run to the finals once again losing to Roger Federer.
The 28-year-old Belgian must be wondering if it will be a familiar story once again in Shanghai as he gets prepared to face Federer. He has had a solid season so far and has looked imperious this week with two straight-sets victories in the opening rounds.
Goffin is ninth in the race to London at the moment, and he does not have any points to defend this month. He will want to maximize the points he gains this week to reach nearer to the qualification for London.
Roger Federer v David Goffin Predictions & Tips
Goffin is an aggressive baseliner who has an equally impressive record on all surfaces. We have seen many players use shots towards Federer’s backhand recently to take advantage of a higher percentage of errors that have come into the world number three’s game. And Goffin will be looking to target the same.
The Belgian will be hoping to break the curse of coming unstuck against the “Top three” this year. But a fit and firing Federer will be too big a hurdle for Goffin to cross.
Tip: Federer to win in straight sets: 8/11 with 888Sport