Roger Federer is seeded second for the Shanghai Masters and is going strong.
The Swiss has already cruised past Diego Schwartzman and Alexandr Dolgopolov.
In fact, he needed just an hour to beat third-round opponent Dolgopolov, with one service game lasting just 47 seconds!
gasquet beat his French compatriot Gilles Simon 7-5 6-7 6-3 to progress to the quarter-finals.
But Federer is the clear favourite heading into the encounter. Follow all the action from Federer vs Gasquet below…
Roger Federer vs Richard Gasquet LIVE updates
Match to start after Juan Martin del Potro vs Victor Troicki
Del Potro update
Just to let you know Federer vs Gasquet starts after Troicki vs Del Potro.
Troicki and Del Potro are currently tied at a set apiece.
Troicki won the first 6-4 but Del Potro has stormed back 6-1 in the second.
Federer vs Gasquet will not begin until at least 1pm BST.
When will Federer start?
12:22: Not long, people, not long! The game will begin after Juan Martin del Potro vs Victor Troicki – and not before 1pm.
The pair are just going into a third set now. Troicki took the first 6-4 before JMdP took the second 6-1.
Federer speaking after beating Dolgopolov
“I think I served well. I had good concentration. Had good energy, as well, which I think is always important early on in a tournament. I think getting the break early in the second set gave me the chance to try a few more things, play more relaxed, go for my shots more, and then I was able to bring it home, you know, coming back from Love-30 I think in the last game.
“So it was a good match for me. I’m actually very happy with my level.”
Gasquet’s route at the Shanghai Masters
Richard Gasquet played Robin Haase in the first round of the Shanghai Masters as he was unseeded for the event.
He battled past the Dutchman 6-7 7-5 6-2 in possibly his toughest match of the tournament so far.
Gasquet’s serve has been strong in Shanghai but breaks have been a problem. He’s been forced into three tie breaks from a possible six sets.
Gasquet beat Belgium’s David Goffin 7-6 6-3 in the second round before edging past Gilles Simon in three sets to progress to the quarters.
Federer’s route at the Shanghai Masters
Federer required a tie break to get through his first set against Diego Schwartzman before finishing off the Argentine 6-4 in the second.
That was his second-round match and on Thursday Federer played Alexandr Dolgopolov in a match that really should have been more evenly contested.
Dolgopolov had no answer to the Federer first serve and was beaten in one game in just 47 seconds.
If Federer gets past Gasquet as expected he will meet Viktor Troicki or Juan Martin del Potro in the semi-final, with Rafael Nadal and Maria Cilic making up the other semi-final.
Federer vs Gasquet head to head
Federer and Gasquet go way back. They first met in 2005 at the Monte Carlo Masters, where Gasquet won their quarter-final tie 6-7 6-2 7-6.
Federer then won their next seven meetings, including the finals of Hamburg (2005) and Canada (2006).
In total Gasquet has managed just two wins against Federer in his career – the second on clay at the Rome Masters in 2011.
These men last met at the US Open quarter-final stage in 2015, where Federer won comfortably 6-3 6-3 6-1.
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of Roger Federer vs Richard Gasquet.
Federer is the heavy favourite heading into this match and is on course for a final clash with Rafael Nadal.
Federer arrived in Shanghai at the weekend after a trip to Japan and is well rested, having not played since the Laver Cup alongside Nadal.
Will we see another Fed demolition job? Or will Gasquet pull something out of nowhere?
Source : EXPRESS