Roger Federer defeated Stanislas Wawrinka in three sets at the Shanghai Masters to assure the No. 1 spot in the men’s tennis world rankings for a record-extending 300th week.
Federer won 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-0 in the third-round match at the Qi Zhong Tennis Center. The record 17-time Grand Slam singles champion fought off a break point at 4-4 in the second set before winning the tiebreaker, then broke early in the third to take control of the match.
Federer, the 31-year-old top seed, extends his record of holding the top spot in the ATP World Tour Rankings. He also improves to 12-1 all-time against Wawrinka, his friend and frequent Swiss Davis Cup teammate, winning all nine meetings on hard courts.
“I’m happy that I’m able to reach 300,” Federer, who tied Pete Sampras’s mark of 286 weeks at No. 1 by beating Andy Murray in July’s Wimbledon final, said in a televised interview. “It’s an amazing number and record for me.”
Federer next plays No. 10 Marin Cilic of Croatia, who beat Fernando Verdasco 4-6, 6-1, 6-4, in the quarterfinals. Second- seed Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Murray, the No. 3 seed from Britain, advanced to the final eight in straight sets.
Djokovic beat Spain’s Feliciano Lopez and next meets Germany’s Tommy Haas, who defeated No. 6 Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia. Murray beat Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine to set up a quarterfinal with Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic, who beat eight-seeded American John Isner.
No. 4 Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic beat Sam Querrey of the U.S. in three sets and will next play No. 5 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France, a 6-2, 7-6 (7-2) winner over Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus.
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