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Roger Federer credits fans for his Shanghai win

Pulling through: Roger Federer overcame David Goffin to make the quarterfinals

Pulling through: Roger Federer overcame David Goffin to make the quarterfinals  

Djokovic makes it to the last eight with ease

Roger Federer said that his devoted band of Chinese supporters helped pull him through a tough first set and into the Shanghai Masters quarterfinals on Thursday.

The Swiss defeated David Goffin 7-6(7), 6-4 after the 13th seed from Belgium squandered five set points in the first set.

“I know that if I am in trouble, they will be there to cheer me on,” said Federer. “If I look to them, or pump myself up, I know they will react to that.

It’s definitely very special here because they all sit in one block, sort of like in football to some extent, which is highly unusual for tennis and a tennis tournament.”

The 38-year-old plays Alexander Zverev in the last eight.

World No.1 Novak Djokovic made light work of American John Isner and plays promising 21-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece in the last eight.

The results (pre-quarterfinals): Novak Djokovic bt John Isner 7-5, 6-3; Stefanos Tsitsipas bt Hubert Hurkacz 7-5, 3-6, 7-6(5); Daniil Medvedev bt Vasek Pospisil 7-6(7), 7-5; Fabio Fognini bt Karen Khachanov 6-3, 7-5; Matteo Berrettini bt Roberto Bautista-Agut 7-6(5), 6-4; Dominic Thiem bt Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-3, 6-4; Roger Federer bt David Goffin 7-6(7), 6-4; Alexander Zverev bt Andrey Rublev 6-0, 7-6(4)

Doubles: Lukasz Kubot & Marcelo Melo bt Denis Shapovalov & Rohan Bopanna 6-4, 3-6, [10-7].

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