Shanghai Masters: Del Potro, Zverev, Federer all advance

Ruben Hill
October 12, 2018

The second set was flawless, really.

All three still advanced at the Shanghai Masters on Wednesday. Nevertheless, the top seed insisted he was content with how he's playing.

The problems kept coming for the 20-time Grand Slam champion as the Spaniard broke for a third time, and took a set off the Swiss for the first time in their eight meetings.

Though the world No. 28 is a former finalist at this tournament, Federer was expected to storm through but he stuttered to a 6-3 2-6 6-4 win over the Spaniard.

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

"From that standpoint, I feel like I found a rhythm".

After his victory, he said: "It was extremely hard, that is why I was very happy at the end". "I did what I can".

'I haven't followed his season super-closely to be honest because I check in and out of the tour too often. "I'm very close to my best".

He will play the Japanese eighth seed Kei Nishikori in the last eight, while Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev are also through, albeit with far less hassle.

Nikoloz Basilashvili, who downed Juan Martin del Potro for the China Open title on Sunday, won his sixth straight match after beating Denis Shapovalov 6-2, 6-2 to open his Shanghai account.

"As you can probably hear in my voice, I'm a little sick right now, so feeling a little bit low energy, but I hope it will get better over the next few days".

He is obviously confident winning Tokyo and then adjusting this this surface, which is not easy as he only had a day off and a lot of matches.

"He knows how to play, definitely". Lendl flew back to the United States to have wrist surgery, which Zverev said was caused by playing too much golf.

The Serb was stunned by the Italian in the French Open quarter-finals earlier this year, but the world No 3, who is now gunning for Rafael Nadal's No 1 ranking, showed the kind of form which saw him explode back to life by winning Wimbledon, the Cincinnati Masters and US Open.

"We played here a year ago and it was the place I got my first ATP win, " Tsitsipas said. "I played every single point as if there was no tomorrow".

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