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Federer/Zhang Win On Team Debut

Shanghai, China

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The wild card team of Roger Federer and Ze Zhang needed just 48 minutes to beat Kevin Anderson and Dmitry Tursunov, prevailing 6-2, 6-1 on Monday at the Shanghai Rolex Masters. The Swiss/Chinese pairing saved the only break point they faced, and won 91 per cent of first serve points.

Federer said his partnership with Zhang was good for tennis in China. "That's kind of the ultimate goal, to partner up with a Chinese up‑and‑coming player and promote the game at the same time," said the 17-time Grand Slam champion. "I'm just so happy for Zhang Ze, that he played really well.  I really am, because he couldn't have played any better."

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The Swiss No. 1 said he hoped to see more players from the Asian continent break through. "We had Paradorn Srichaphan, we have Kei Nishikori from Japan. Hopefully we'll have more and more players coming up," said Federer. "By having such a great tournament [and] all the top players coming here to Shanghai, I think that's only going to help it... I think we all really want something to happen in a big way in the next 10, 20 years here."

Federer/Zhang face off against fifth seeds Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo in the next round. 

Earlier, Robert Lindstedt and Pospisil defeated the all-German team of Philipp Kohlschreiber and Florian Mayer 7-6(3), 6-2. The Swedish/Canadian team will battle Daniel Nestor and Leander Paes in the second round. 

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