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Roger Federer reaches Shanghai Masters semifinal, to face Juan Martin del Potro

Roger Federer will take on Juan Matin del Potro in the Shanghai Masters semifinals after as he eased to a 7-5, 6-4 victory over the unseeded Paul Gasquet.

tennis Updated: Oct 13, 2017 19:50 IST
Agence France-Presse, Shanghai
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Roger Federer celebrates winning a point during his Shanghai Masters match against Richard Gasquet.(AFP)

Swiss legend Roger Federer defeated Frenchman Richard Gasquet on Friday to set up a Shanghai Masters semi-final clash against Juan Martin del Potro.

The 36-year-old Federer was relatively untroubled as he eased to a 7-5, 6-4 victory over the unseeded Gasquet.

He is scheduled to face Del Potro in the last four, although the Argentine’s participation is in doubt after he injured a wrist in his quarter-final victory.

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Juan Martin del Potro headed to a hospital for a scan on his left wrist after a nasty fall while winning his quarterfinal encounter.

Del Potro tumbled on the court at 2-2 in the third set against Viktor Troicki of Serbia and instinctively tried to break the fall with his left wrist. Del Potro, who has undergone surgery on both wrists, conferred with a trainer as he repeatedly shook his wrist.

Del Potro ended up breaking Troicki’s serve in that fifth game and prevailed 4-6, 6-1, 6-4.

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“I don’t know how my wrist is after I fell down,” del Potro said before leaving for a local hospital. “I felt something wrong in that moment, but I continued to play, just playing (backhand) slices just to finish the match. I’m going to the hospital to see what the MRI says, and what the doctor says.

“Then I will take a decision for tomorrow. I would like to play and be 100 percent.”

First Published: Oct 13, 2017 19:50 IST