Roger Federer continued his pursuit of a second Shanghai Rolex Masters title with a straightforward 6-4, 6-2 win on Thursday evening against the lone qualifier to advance to the third round, Alexandr Dolgopolov.
The Swiss was never significantly challenged in the match, facing just one break point, as he served for the first set. But when the Ukrainian made an error down break point at 2-2 in the second set, the finish line came into sight, and Federer then broke again in a 19-point game at 4-2 to allow him to serve for the match, which he did without a hitch.
Federer advances to his fourth quarter-final in six appearances in Shanghai. Each time he has made it that far at the event, he has continued to at least the semi-finals.
The No. 2 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, who has already qualified for the Nitto ATP Finals, is seeking his sixth title of the season, which would tie Rafael Nadal for the ATP World Tour lead.
The 36 year old will next play either Richard Gasquet or Gilles Simon, against whom he has a combined 21-4 FedEx ATP Head2Head record. Federer leads Gasquet 15-2, and has not lost to him since 2011 in Rome, with the other defeat coming in 2005 (Monte Carlo). The Swiss has beaten Simon on six of eight occasions, with the Frenchman winning both of his matches in their first two meetings in 2008.
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Source:: ATP World Tour.com