Federer forced to battle again on way to Shanghai quarters

Djokovic makes winning return in Shanghai

One player who will not be in the quarter-finals is Juan Martin del Potro after he hobbled out of the tournament.

Having lost a set for the first time in eight meetings with Bautista Agut, Federer cut down his errors before breaking in the ninth game en route to his 38th match win of the season.

It soon went from bad to worse for the top seed as Bautista Agut struck a clean forehand up the line to break again as he reeled off four games in a row to lead 4-1.

Federer defeated Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain 6-3, 2-6, 6-4, a day after being taken the distance by Daniil Medvedev of Russian Federation. "Bautista really had to raise his level of play in that second set to stay with me".

"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".

However, the Swiss is a great champion for a reason and he found a late surge to rip the match away from his opponent to set up a quarter-final clash with Kei Nishikori. Nishikori ousted Sam Querrey 7-6 (7), 6-4 on Thursday.

The Spaniard folded at the end of a 27-shot rally to surrender the first break of the match to the world No. 2, who soon wrapped up the first set.

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The 30-year-old Del Potro had lengthy treatment and strapping put on his knee, but conceded the match after losing the first set 7-5.

But the Spaniard earned a piece of personal history after that, winning the second set - the first time he had taken a set against the Swiss maestro.

"It's very important I won today after Beijing because it gives me a lot of confidence for a big match that I have", Basilashvili said. The second set was ideal, really.

Novak Djokovic stepped up his bid to dethrone Rafael Nadal from the top of the world rankings with a 6-3 7-5 win over Frenchman Jeremy Chardy in the second round of the Shanghai Masters on Tuesday.

Wimbledon finalist Kevin Anderson cruised to victory against Mikhail Kukushkin, winning 6-3 6-2 in just 64 minutes and will play Stefanos Tsitsipas after the Greek saved three set points in the second-set tie-break en route to a 6-4 7-6 (10/8) win over Karen Khachanov.

Zverev will play Kyle Edmund after the Briton defeated Nicolas Jarry of Chile 7-6 (5), 6-3.

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