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Roger Federer v Alexander Dolgopolov ATP Shanghai predictions, betting tips & live stream: Federer to cruise past Dolgopolov

Bettingpro Staff 12 Oct 2017
  • Roger Federer vs Alexandr Dolgopolov is live from Shanghai around 8.00pm local time on Thursday (1.00pm BST)
  • Federer has won all four of their previous clashes without losing a set
  • Watch and bet on tennis live from Shanghai at bet365 > sports > live streaming tennis
Roger Federer (Photo by NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)

Roger Federer looks to improve his head-to-head with Alexandr Dolgopolov to a perfect 5-0 when the pair clash for a place in the Shanghai Rolex Masters quarter-finals on Thursday night.

Watch and bet on Federer vs Dolgopolov live at bet365 > sports > live streaming tennis. Their R16 clash begins around 8.00pm local time on Thursday (1.00pm BST).

Competing in his first tour-level event since the U.S. Open over a month ago, Roger Federer goes for a spot in the Shanghai Rolex Masters quarter-finals on Thursday against mercurial talent Alexandr Dolgopolov. Federer is gunning for his sixth title of what has been a magically resurgent 2017 season in Shanghai this week, while he’s also trying to run down Rafael Nadal for the year-end No. 1 ranking. With Nadal over 2,000 points in front, Federer needs to out-perform his Spanish rival in Shanghai - and he shouldn’t have much trouble in reaching the quarter-finals, with the Swiss winning all four of his previous encounters with Dolgopolov without dropping a set. Federer and Dolgopolov take to court around 8.00pm local time on Thursday (1.00pm BST).

Federer was confronted with an extremely tough opening round draw as he attempted to ease his way back into competitive action after more than a month away (Laver Cup notwithstanding), with the in-form Diego Schwartzman providing a tricky challenge for the Swiss maestro on Wednesday night. Schwartzman was coming off a run to his first Grand Slam quarter-final at the U.S. Open and a semi-final finish in Tokyo last week, and he put himself in a position to take a one-set advantage after recovering an early break and going ahead by a mini-break in the tiebreak. However Federer lifted his level like the champion he is when he needed it most, coming back to claim the tiebreak and then snatching an early break in the second, which allowed him to relax and go for his shots as he registered a 7-6(4) 6-4 victory to advance into the R16.

“I knew going in it was not going to be easy. He's had a great run in recent weeks and months. I really felt that he was confident. Shaking off misses, no problem. He was serving well. You could see he was taking the right decisions on his groundstrokes,” Federer said of Schwartzman.
“As an opponent, you feel that. You could see there was sort of an ease about his game today. I felt like that was going to be dangerous down the stretch of any set. I felt that tie-break was tough. I was down and then came up with some really good shot-making after that in the 'breaker to really turn it around.” 

The win over Schwartzman doubled as Federer’s 40th victory of the year - compared to just four defeats as the 36-year-old targets a strong finish to what has been an incredible comeback season. It all started with a bang down under as Federer sensationally captured his 18th Grand Slam title in his first competitive tournament since Wimbledon the previous year, winning back-to-back five-setters against Stan Wawrinka and Rafael Nadal to collect another Australian Open crown, while he continued his outstanding form into North America (a bizarre loss to Evgeny Donskoy in Dubai notwithstanding), picking up consecutive Masters 1000 titles in Indian Wells and Miami, beating Nadal again in both tournaments.

Federer would decide to skip the entire European clay court season in order to focus on grass - and the move certainly paid dividends as he claimed a record ninth Halle crown and eighth Wimbledon title - winning both tournaments without dropping a set. Federer experienced more challenging times during the U.S. Open Series as he was beaten in the Montreal final by Alexander Zverev and the U.S. Open quarter-finals by Juan Martin del Potro, which makes his progress through the draw in Shanghai all the more intriguing. Will Federer return to his winning ways from the first seven months of the year, or will Nadal - currently on a 13-match winning streak - be the main man for the remainder of 2017? Federer’s immediate challenge comes in the form of a man he’s defeated in all four of their previous matches without relinquishing a set.

Alexandr Dolgopolov (Photo by Matt Roberts/Getty Images)
Alexandr Dolgopolov, a former top 15 player, grand slam quarter-finalist and two-time Masters 1000 semi-finalist, has endured a season largely marred by injury (and recently match-fixing allegations stemming from a controversial match in Winston-Salem), but the enigmatic Ukrainian has been playing pretty solid tennis over the last month or so, improving his ranking from No. 89 in July to a current mark of No. 41.

Indeed, Dolgopolov retired in five of his last eight tournaments between capturing the third ATP title of his career at the Argentina Open in Buenos Aires in February - an event he won without dropping a set, including beating Pablo Carreno Busta and Kei Nishikori in the semis and final - and reaching the Bastad final before going down to David Ferrer. However he’s seemingly operating at a level close to full fitness at the moment, with Dolgopolov toppling Tomas Berdych on his way to the R16 at the U.S. Open, while he also made the final of Shenzhen two weeks ago, going down in a tight three-setter to David Goffin.

Dolgopolov suffered a second round loss at the ATP 500 event in Tokyo last week to Steve Johnson, but he’s regrouped well in Shanghai, conquering Nicolas Jarry and Malek Jaziri to qualify before posting wins over Jack Sock and Feliciano Lopez to secure this R16 clash with former champion Federer.

However it’s hard to see Dolgopolov challenging Federer on Thursday night. They’ve played four times before and Dolgopolov - while an incredibly dangerous player with eye-catching flair and outstanding shotmaking skills - just can’t cope with the immense variety that Federer throws at him. Dolgopolov simply can’t get into a rhythm to implement his blistering groundstrokes - at least consistently - and unless something drastically changes, that pattern of play should eventuate again in Shanghai. Expect Federer to sail into the quarter-finals in straight sets.

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Roger Federer v Alexander Dolgopolov ATP Shanghai predictions, betting tips & live stream: Federer to cruise past Dolgopolov

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