Roger Federer vs Richard Gasquet LIVE updates
Roger Federer is seeded second for the Shanghai Masters and is going strong.
The Swiss has already cruised past Diego Schwartzman and Alexandr Dolgopolov.
In fact, he needed just an hour to beat third-round opponent Dolgopolov, with one service game lasting just 47 seconds!
Gasquet beat his French compatriot Gilles Simon 7-5 6-7 6-3 to progress to the quarter-finals.
But Federer is the clear favourite heading into the encounter. Follow all the action from Federer vs Gasquet below…
Roger Federer is targeting victory at the Shanghai Masters
Roger Federer vs Richard Gasquet LIVE updates
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Federer 7-5 5-4 Gasquet*
Lovely stuff. Gasquet comes to the net and flicks his wrist to curve the ball away from Federer for 30-0. The pair exchange points – 40-15 now. Gasquet serves down the centre and Federer begins the rally… but the Swiss nets a few shots in. He will now serve for the match.
*Federer 7-5 5-3 Gasquet
Gasquet almost goes into the crowd chasing an angled Federer backhand. Federer then slams an ace down the T. Gasquet claims a point back as Federer cannot control a volley at the net. And suddenly it’s 30-30 as Gasquet’s defence holds strong.
Can the Frenchman get something here? Hmm… Federer slams it down the T again for another ace. And in the following rally Gasquet slices into the net.
Federer 7-5 4-3 Gasquet* BREAK
The two men exchange opening points but Gasquet nets for 15-30. He does so again and here are two break points again. Gasquet saved himself last time – can he this time? He rescues the first after a huge 21-shot rally, eventually winning the point with a forehand into the opposite corner.
Federer then gets the stroke of luck that will probably decide the match as he clips the net in the next rally. Gasquet comes forward, reaches it but Federer then just lobs his man. There’s the break.
*Federer 7-5 3-3 Gasquet
Federer’s serve moves him 30-0 up. Gasquet cannot reach the next. That’s 40-0. And a wonderful serve-volley rounds off the game.
Yesterday Federer won a service game against Alexandr Dolgopolov in 47 seconds. This one was close if not shorter!
Federer 7-5 2-3 Gasquet*
Another glorious rally starts this game, with Federer slicing around the court and Gasquet jumping into the ball. Eventually Federer arches his back and slams down a winner. Federer then produces a lovely winner off the backhand as Gasquet attacks. 0-30.
Gasquet gets a point back but Federer drivers a marvellous low forehand to wrong foot his man. The first break point is saved, and then the second with an angled forehand as the match nears the hour match. Deuce.
Another meaty rally sees Federer pin Gasquet to the back of the court until the Frenchman nets. The crowd love it. Yet Gasquet goes for the corner and gets it to level up again.
Gasquet then flicks away a backhand for his own advantage point. Federer then nets. A big hold there from Gasquet.
*Federer 7-5 2-2 Gasquet
Federer comes to the net and puts away Gasquet’s stretching lob for 15-0. He then forces the Frenchman into another corner, the ball flying into the net as a result. Gasquet goes wide on the service return for 40-0. The then fires down a serve that Gasquet cannot hit back.
Federer 7-5 1-2 Gasquet*
Federer wins his 10th backhand winner of the match to go 0-15 ahead. Gasquet then levels with an ace. He ten moves 40-15 ahead and sees out the game with a forehand that grazes Federer’s right tramline.
*Federer 7-5 1-1 Gasquet BREAK
Could we have an immediate break back? Gasquet forces Federer wide before dispatching his shot for 0-30. He then slams home another. Three break points. What’s Federer’s defence like? Gasquet is called long, which he challenges and gets wrong. 15-40. Federer then serves wide, Gasquet finds it but sends it to the Swiss’ feet. He’ll win this point surely… NO! Federer goes wide and we’re back level.
Federer 7-5 1-0 Gasquet* BREAK
Oh dear. It doesn’t look like Gasquet’s head is down but Federer is pumped. He romps to a break to love. That’s surprising considering Gasquet was so strong on his serve in the previous set.
*Federer 7-5 Gasquet FIRST SET FEDERER
Boom. Federer goes ahead with a monster serve but then calls out, only for it to be in. 15-15. Another huge serve restores the advantage. Gasquet goes short with his next serve return, drawing Federer in, before dispatching a beautiful backhand past the Swiss.
At 30-30 Federer again closes in after serving to Gasquet’s forehand and wins the point. He then opens up his body to thump down the set-winning point.
Roger Federer vs Richard Gasquet first set stats
Federer 6-5 Gasquet* BREAK
Replay that point please! Gasquet comes forward and Federer just backhand lobs his man. Wonderful stuff. We then have the longest rally of the match with 21 shots, which ends with Federer opening up such a ludicrous angle that Gasquet cannot reach it. 15-30.
Gasquet opens up his body and goes long straight off his serve. Two break points after 10 games of evenly matched tennis. Federer forces Gasquet into his forehand corner and the subsequent cross shot goes long.
*Federer 5-5 Gasquet
Gasquet claims his 12th winner to Federer’s five to go 15-30 up. A big calls coming up as Gasquet claims a Federer shot is long – but it isn’t. Federer then forces his opponent long and that sniff of a set has suddenly disappeared as Federer slams down an unreturnable serve.
Federer 4-5 Gasquet*
Gasquet keeps on the attack to carve open a 40-0 lead – his third winner a delightful, punchy backhand. Federer bullies Gasquet into dropping the net point but the Frenchman is still in control of this game. Indeed, Federer goes long on second serve return and it’s 5-4 to Gasquet.
*Federer 4-4 Gasquet
Federer fails in a challenge but hits back for 15-15. This is a key game for both players. Federer hits the net, only for Gasquet to do the same – Federer clinging to the point. Federer then delivers a delightful shot – one of the best of the match – as he almost turns his back on the net and backhanding from the baseline down the line. Federer then dispatches the game.
Federer 3-4 Gasquet*
Gasquet isn’t rattled by Federer here. He’s willing to match up with the Swiss and draw him forward. At 30-15 he forces Federer long. And he wraps ups he game by wrongfooting his opponent on the baseline.
*Federer 3-3 Gasquet
Gasquet fails to pull off a passing shot and then Federer comes into the net for 30-0. Gasquet hits back for his first point on the Federer serve. But the Swiss is happy to play an attritional game and waits for the mistake. 40-15.
Federer serves out side and Gasquet this a superb return to stay in the game. He then forces deduce when latching onto Federer’s drop-shot volley and himself clip over the wire.
Federer goes wide and Gasquet has break point – but he hits it half an inch long to level it up again.
Federer then aces – the first of the match – and then plants a lovely backhand down the line for the game.
Federer 2-3 Gasquet*
Federer challenges for a call and gets it wrong. 15-15. Gasquet then keeps the ball high when relying with his opponent and forces the error. Federer then goes long for 40-15. He then slams down another wayward effort – this time coming forward – and Gasquet is back in the lead.
*Federer 2-2 Gasquet
Federer races into a 30-0 lead, slamming home past Gasquet. He keeps his opponents anchored at the back of the court and the pressure tells as Gasquet nets. A wide return of serve and it’s another game for Federer.
Federer 1-2 Gasquet*
A lovely backhand drop shot from Federer opens up a 15-30 lead. He then wastes a chance to go two points up when netting, but forces Gasquet into a mistake himself while retreating. Break point here… but Gasquet saves with a lovely flat backhand. Federer then nets to hand the Frenchman the…