Published: Sat, October 13, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Federer battles, Djokovic cruises, del Potro out in Shanghai

Federer battles, Djokovic cruises, del Potro out in Shanghai

Earlier, the home favorite Zhang Ze was defeated by Daniil Medvedev in a nail-biter 3-6, 7-6 (6), 6-4 battle.

Marco Cecchinato recovered from 1-4 down in a final-set tie-break to defeat Chung Hyeon 4-6 7-6 (7/5) 7-6 (7/5) in two hours and 35 minutes while British number one Kyle Edmund maintained his good recent form with a 6-3 6-4 win over Andreas Seppi to reach the third round in Shanghai for the first time.

Bautista Agut had never taken a set off the defending champion heading into the contest but he clawed his way back from a set and a break down to push Federer all the way.

The 22-year-old is ranked a career-high No. 22 after beating two-time champion and local favorite Kei Nishikori for the Tokyo title. If now you've got a hook or a rail in the back, I don't know.

It appears to be working and the 20-time Grand Slam victor opens his defense of the Shanghai Masters this week in ominously good shape.

Juan Martin del Potro said that he is suffering from a virus and reviewing his health "hour by hour", after labouring into the Shanghai Masters last 16 on Wednesday.

"But of course I would love to feel better, first of all to myself, and then to play tennis, but it's going to be hard because I'm not taking time to recover 100 percent". "How aggressive or how tactical I wanted to make the match, and by trying everything, I found a solution at the end".

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In the second set, both players looked pretty solid on serve despite Del Potro coughing profusely the whole time and Gasquet struggling with some blisters on his right foot as the set headed to a tiebreak.

Since Djokovic lost that French Open match to Cecchinato, he's won 28 of his 30 matches.

In the second set, Chardy saved a match point at 6-5 but then made an irretrievable mistake at the net. The Serb is on a 15-match winning streak, which includes title runs at Cincinnati and the U.S. Open.

Djokovic will play South Africa's Kevin Anderson or the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarter-finals. Another Frenchman Richard Gasquet ousted his Argentine opponent Leonardo Mayer 1-6, 6-2, 6-1.

Djokovic's second-round victory improved his ideal record against the 41st-ranked Chardy to 12-0 in matches played, and 28-0 in sets won.

Fourth-seeded Alexander Zverev of Germany also advanced to the quarterfinals by pasting Alex de Minaur of Australia 6-1, 6-4.

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