Gael Monfils recorded only his second career victory over former world No. 1 Roger Federer to progress to the quarterfinals of the Shanghai Masters. The Frenchman prevailed 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-3 in just over two hours.
Federer pushed the match to a third set coming back from 3-5 down in the second set to break Monfils and take the eventual tiebreak.
Monfils was not to be denied, breaking Federer again in the fourth game of the deciding set. It proved to be crucial, as the remainder of the match went with serve.
Monfils will now meet the winner of Novak Djokovic and Fabio Fognini in the next round.
Federer will now have increased concerns about qualifying for the World Tour Finals following a poor run of form.
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