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  • Federer, Cilic clash in Shanghai quarterfinal

    10/11/12 9:50 PM | Kelli DeMario
    Federer, Cilic clash in Shanghai quarterfinal World No. 1 Roger Federer looks to secure a spot among the final four at the Masters 1000 Shanghai, as he takes on 10th seed Marin Cilic late Friday.

    Top seed Roger Federer leads world No. 16 Marin Cilic 3-0 in the head-to-head series. The players last met at the 2011 US Open, where the Swiss won a third-round match in four sets.

    Federer is through to the quarterfinals after rallying to defeat compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka in three sets. By virtue of his 4-6, 7-6(4), 6-0 round of 16 success, Federer is guaranteed to remain world No. 1 for a 300th week beginning next Monday.

    "I never thought of something like this when I was a little kid, that's for sure," Federer commented. "I was just hoping one day my dream was going to come true to play on the regular tour, play Wimbledon, maybe become world No. 1 at some stage. So here I am at 300 weeks. It's pretty incredible. Probably one of my biggest accomplishments. I'm very proud of that record, no doubt about it."

    The veteran is seeking his 13th semifinal berth of the season.

    Cilic made the final eight by virtue of his come-from-behind win over former world No. 7 Fernando Verdasco. The 24-year-old dropped the opening set before sealing a victory in three, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4.

    Cilic will attempt to reach his first semi since July, when he advanced to the last four in Hamburg.

    Prediction: Federer in straight sets.


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broken serving for the match

RickyDimon , 10/12/12 3:49 PM


If he wins today, he will surpass Andre Agassi who has 870 match wins. He already surpassed Johny Mac yesterday by beating Stan! Good achievment!!

velliat53 , 10/12/12 3:50 PM


Yes. He surpassed Agassi now. In fact when he defeated Stan it was exactly Johny Mac's stats - 869 wins and 194 losses. Nice co-incidence!!

velliat53 , 10/12/12 3:54 PM



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