The second seeded Roger Federer will take on the fifth seed Alexander Zverev in the quarter-finals at the Shanghai Masters on Friday, October 11. The match will begin at around 6.30 pm local time (11.30 am BST). You can find the Roger Federer v Alexander Zverev live streaming options along with its preview, head to head and tips here.
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Roger Federer v Alexander Zverev Head to Head
Both the players have met nine times in their careers so far. Federer leads the record having won five matches. Their record on hard courts is even with both the players have won three matches each.
“Fortunate” Federer Marches on
20-time Grand Slam champion, Federer had to dig really deep to come through against David Goffin. The Swiss maestro started the game in a rusty fashion after having to save many breakpoints and win the first set in a tight tiebreaker. Federer admitted after the match that Goffin had better chances than him in the match and that he was a bit fortunate today.
He reached the semi-finals here last year, and with Daniil Medvedev firmly behind him in terms of ranking points; he would hope to progress into the next round to ensure no points are dropped this week.
Zverev: German Looking Good to Qualify for London
The 22-year-old German went into last week’s China Open under a lot of pressure to perform if he had any chance to stay in contention for a World Tour Finals spot.
With his impressive semi-final run at Beijing & Roberto Bautista Agut failing to reach the last eight here in Shanghai, Zverev looks set to move closer to the qualification for London.
He is coming off an impressive straight-sets victory over talented Russian, Andrey Rublev, also inflicting a bagel in the first set. He has had a solid season so far, reaching three finals and added one title to his name in Geneva.
Roger Federer v Alexander Zverev Predictions & Tips
If Federer has another one of his off days like he had today against Goffin, Zverev is more then capable of punishing him. The German has an excellent baseline game and likes to wear the opponents out. Having won all six five-set matches he has played in this year is proof of that.
But the faster courts in Shanghai will play to Federer’s advantage. His serve and return game has bailed him out on multiple occasions this week. And it should be enough once again to see him through.
Tip: Federer to win in three sets: 3/1 with 888Sport