Published: Sat, October 13, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Federer Looks to Kickstart Shanghai Masters with a Bang

Federer Looks to Kickstart Shanghai Masters with a Bang

Federer led Bautista Agut by a set and a service break when he became entangled in a battle that lasted until the penultimate game of the third set.

Federer, who was uncharacteristically flustered at times, said he was pleased with his performance, but admitted it had been a nervy one.

Djokovic enjoyed a measure of revenge as he booked his spot in the quarter-finals with a 6-4, 6-0 demolition of Marco Cecchinato.

Roger Federer survived a second round thriller in Shanghai yesterday, as he fended off Daniil Medvedev in three tight sets.

"In the third set I really started to figure it out", said Federer, who was roared on by a band of fanatical fans decked out in red tops.

"The good thing is after feeling good in practice I played a good Laver Cup, have had also some rest after the US Open", Federer said.

"I'm very grateful to play on a high level", Djokovic said.

"I got lucky that I won, but tomorrow will be a different day". "This year, for me again, honestly, it's been a great season: winning the Australian Open, getting back to World No. 1 in Rotterdam [the ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament], playing a good final in Indian Wells [the BNP Paribas Open] and playing a decent grass court season..."

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"I didn't play many poor matches, to be quite honest".

He will play Alex de Minaur in the last-16 after his 6-4 6-3 victory against Benoit Paire.

Basilashvili arrived in Shanghai after beating del Potro in Beijing to win his second career title.

Del Potro, who was hindered by the flu in losing Sunday's China Open final to unseeded Nikoloz Basilashvili, said in Beijing last week that he was running on empty. "The game changed a lot since when I came on the Tour and there were players like Sampras". We have one and a half months off in our season, and that's end of November and December.

Seventh-seeded Wimbledon finalist Kevin Anderson awaits Djokovic in the quarter-finals after the South African overcame Greek youngster Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4 7-6 (1).

"If I have a good night today and I have a good recovery tomorrow morning, maybe I will feel a little bit better for tomorrow night and play better than today".

"It was very hard because we were supposed to play at 3pm, and every half an hour the supervisor postponed it".

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