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Federer stretched but pulls through for family 

Shanghai: Roger Federer said that he did not want to lose in front of his young family as he was pushed all the way for the second match in a row at the Shanghai Masters on Thursday. The reigning champion squeezed into the quarterfinals after eventually defeating 28th-ranked Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut 6-3 2-6 6-4.

The top seed will play Japan’s eighth seed Kei Nishikori, while Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev are also through, albeit with far less hassle.

Federer’s wife Mirka and their four children were in the arena and he said afterwards: “I’m not sure if they give me more courage fighting on court, but they were here today. I was telling myself, particularly tonight I cannot do this (lose) because they were there, but I don’t know how much I draw from that, quite honestly.” 

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