10/11/12 4:24 PM | Kelli DeMario
World No. 1 Roger Federer is through to the final eight at the Masters 1000 Shanghai after rallying to defeat compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka in three sets. The top seed will take on 10th seed Marin Cilic for a place in the semifinals.
Roger Federer survived an extended round of 16 battle with 13th seed Stanislas Wawrinka late Thursday. The top seed dropped the opening set in 33 minutes, then recovered to seal the victory in an hour and 57 minutes, 4-6, 7-6(4), 6-0.
After saving multiple break point at 4-4 in set two, Federer went on to lead 3-1 in the tiebreak. Wawrinka fought back to level at three points apiece. The world No. 1 regained the edge to 4-3, then had triple set point at 6-3. A backhand error from Wawrinka closed the 'breaker at seven points to four.
Federer continued the effort to lead 5-0 in the deciding set. Match point came quickly for the 31-year-old, who ended the contest with a forehand winner.
Federer completed the match with six aces, four service breaks at 28 winners.
He is slated to face 10th seed Marin Cilic in the quarterfinals. Cilic rallied to upend Spain's Fernando Verdsaco in the third round, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4.
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