October 12, 2018 -- Shanghai, China

Roger needed just two sets to reach the Rolex Shanghai semifinals today against an always tough opponent, Kei Nishikori. Roger won 6-4, 7-6(4).

Continuing to take advantage of the fast playing court, the Swiss star capitalized on his success when moving forward and winning points at the net. He also served effectively and was able to win points off that shot, which made just the difference in the close match. 

"It was a tough match. Obviously Kei hogs the baseline more than Medvedev did or also what Roberto Bautista Agut did. I think it was a different type of match," he said. "I was very happy with the beginning of the match, to be quite honest. I played quite great there. Then the second set was key moments who was going to play a little bit better. Kei really tried to step it up one more time. I somehow got it done, so I was very pleased."

Next up is Borna Coric in the semifinals.