Nishikori is 'tough' to play, says Federer ahead of Shanghai quarters
Shanghai: Ahead of his quarter-final clash against Japan's Kei Nishikori in the ongoing Shanghai Masters, twenty-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer has stated that the former is a "tough" opponent to play against.
In Pic: Roger Federer (left), Kei Nishikori (right)
The 37-year-old further hoped that his close wins against Spain's Bautista Agut and Daniil Medvedev of Russia in the previous clashes of the tournament would be helpful while facing the world number twelve on Friday.
"I hope it's going to help me that I played against [Daniil] Medvedev and also Bautista Agut, two really good baseliners, to be honest. From that standpoint, I feel like I found a rhythm. Now it's just up to me to play a good match myself. I need to focus a lot on my serve to make sure I can always keep the upper hand there," he added.
Also read:Shanghai Masters: Djokovic breezes into quarter-final While Federer had advanced into the quarter-final of the Shanghai Masters after beating Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 in their pre-quarters clash, Nishikori cruised past Sam Querrey of America 7-6, 6-4 to book his place in the last eight of the tournament.