Roger Federer returned to action for the first time in three and a half weeks as he overcame Chinese Taipei’s Yen-Hsun Lu and was a 6-3, 7-5 winner at the 2012 Shanghai Rolex Masters. Federer was playing his first match since guiding Switzerland through the Davis Cup World Group Playoffs against the Netherlands last month and improved his record to 62-8 this season.
"I'm happy that things worked out well today because I thought Lu played a pretty good match," said Federer. "He's got the game to be really dangerous, particularly on a fast court like today. I was able to manage. That was a good thing to me, so I'm really happy. He played inspiring tennis at times. It was a good atmosphere and a nice match to play."
Up next for Federer is a meeting with his countryman Stanislas Wawrinka who battled past Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 in just under two hours. Federer has won 11 of their past 12 meetings, with Wawrinka’s lone win coming three years ago at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters.
Also in Shanghai, Serbian Janko Tipsarevic defeated hsi fellow Serb Viktor Troicki 6-2, 7-6(3). Tipsarevic, who is currently ninth in the South African Airways ATP Rankings Race To London, saved all eight break points he faced for victory in just under two hours. Tipsarevic advances to face Germany's Tommy Haas, who defeated Spain’s Tommy Robredo 6-4, 6-4 to record his 29th win of the year.