Shanghai Masters: Roger Federer tames Dolgopolov

The Swiss ace won 6-4, 6-2 to enter the quarterfinals; he will now face either Gilles Simon or Richard Gasquet.

Tennis ace Roger Federer (Switzerland) got the better of Alexandr Dolgopolov (Ukraine) 6-4, 6-2 to enter the quarterfinals of the ATP 1000 Rolex Masters (Shanghai).   -  AFP

Tennis ace Roger Federer (Switzerland) got the better of Alexandr Dolgopolov (Ukraine) 6-4, 6-2 to enter the quarterfinals of the ATP 1000 Rolex Masters (Shanghai)

Federer took 61 minutes to beat Dolgopolov. He will now face Richard Gasquet.

Dolgopolov missed many chances to hold on the game. Federer led from the front with a superb display of backhand. In the first set, the Swiss had a first serve percentage of 81.

Rafael Nadal and Federer both breezed into the quarterfinals of the Shanghai Masters.

World number one Nadal beat Fabio Fognini in 63 minutes and plays sixth seed Grigor Dimitrov as he pursues one of the few tournaments to have eluded him. The 31-year-old Spaniard Nadal, fresh off the back of triumphs at the US Open and China Open, anticipates a tough encounter against the Bulgarian Dimitrov.

"I played a very good match, I don't know how many mistakes I made, but very few," said the 16-time Grand Slam winner and top seed in Shanghai.

"I have a tough match against Grigor and know I will have to play my best. But I am playing well."