Shanghai Open: Roger Federer defeats Daniil Medvedev

Nikoloz Basilashvili won the China Open last week

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.

Roger Federer of Switzerland reacts during his match against Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion initially wasted little time stamping his mark on the tournament, breaking the 22nd-ranked Medvedev in the first game.

The 21-year-old Zverev was ruthless as he took the first set in just 29 minutes, although his 19-year-old opponent showed more fight in the second.

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.

The 22-year-old then put the Swiss under immediate pressure on his serve in the deciding set, only for an uncharacteristically flustered Federer to hold. Jarry won the next two games to advance to the third round.

World number one Rafael Nadal, beaten by Federer in last year's final of the Masters 1000 showpiece, is absent with injury.

Fourth-ranked Juan Martin del Potro, Alexander Zverev and Kei Nishikori all join Federer today in action.

Del Potro, who was hindered by cold and flu in losing Sunday's China Open final to unseeded Nikoloz Basilashvili, said in Beijing last week that he was running on empty.

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Novak Djokovic, the hottest player on the men's tour in the second half of the year, never faced a break point in putting away Jeremy Chardy of France 6-3, 7-5 at the Shanghai Masters on Tuesday. "I played a solid match". I didn't run too much.

"But I'm going like hour by hour and see how I'm feeling", added Del Potro, who plays 13th seed Borna Coric of Croatia next in Shanghai.

Anderson ousted 10th-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece 6-4, 7-6 (1).

The top-seeded Swiss, who is fighting to defend the title and his world number two spot, broke in the fourth game and sealed the opening set with a crisp backhand volley.

"I'm very happy with the wins and it gives me a lot of confidence", Kucova said.

Medvedev said he would be realising a dream by facing Federer for the first time.

The 34-year-old Spaniard has not commented on the incident, when he aggressively gesticulated at a ball boy to hurry up during last month's Shenzhen Open in China.

"I had my highest ranking ever this season".

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