October 14, 2017 -- Shanghai, China
After being taken out in the US Open by Juan Martin del Potro, Roger had a chance to beat the big hitting Argentine today in the semifinals of the Shanghai Rolex Masters. While Roger struggled to convert break points in the first set, he held on and waited for del Potro to make some errors to turn the match in his favor. After dropping the first set 6-3, the Swiss Maestro did not allow del Potro a break point for the rest of the match and won the final two sets 6-3, 6-3.
"Clearly getting the break and then holding, it's always key in tennis," he said. "I'm happy I was able to do it, especially with all the twists and turns and, blink at the wrong time, he might hold the game and then you don't know what's going to happen next."
This win takes Roger into his third final at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event. He won Shanghai in 2014. And he will face Rafael Nadal in the finals for the fourth time in 2017. Roger has beaten Rafa each time they have played this year including the finals of the Australian Open, the finals of Miami and the Round of 16 at the Indian Wells BNP Paribas Open.