Roger Federer advances in to Shanghai Masters semi-final by defeating Marin Cilic 6-3, 6-4
It took 36 minutes for Roger Federer to win the first set 6-3.
Federer was in no mood to give the early advantage to Cilic. So, Federer began aggressively & broke Cilic in the first game in 8 minutes. That pretty much set the tone for the set & in fact, the match.
Amazingly, after this first break by Federer, even the ever so serious coach of Roger Federer Paul Annacone smiled & here is a rare picture of smiling Paul Annacone after Roger Federer broke Marin Cilic in the first game of their quarter-final match at Shanghai.
How ever, there was a mini hiccup when Federer got broken at 2-1 & it was 2 all.
But, Cilic failed to capitalize & got broken immediately after two blistering forehands by Roger Federer & it was 3-2 in favour of Federer.
Then, the next three games went on serve, but, Cilic serve again faltered in the 9th game when he was serving 3-5 down & on the second break-point, Roger Federer in 36 minutes won the first set 6-3.
As the first set stats will show you, Federer's forehand, backhand were all working fine & unlike, the Wawrinka match, even unforced errors were in control.
On the other hand, Cilic service faltered under pressure & he got broken thrice. Putting up more details in a few minutes. Stay Tuned !!!
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