Djokovic powers into third round in Shanghai Masters

Grant SmithOct 14, 2018

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

Federer, chasing a third crown in Shanghai, will face Roberto Bautista in the next round as he continues his preparations towards the ATP World Tour Finals.

The 14-time Grand Slam champion missed six months of competition in 2017 and had elbow surgery at the start of this year.

The Swiss looks some way short of his best form and for the second match in a row dropped a set.

Cilic served for the match at 5-4 in the third set but couldn't pull off the victory.

In what was the first meeting between the pair, Federer broke in the ninth game of the decider to finally destroy Medvedev's resolve in just under 2 nail-biting hours.

World No. 1 Rafael Nadal, beaten by Federer in last year's final of the Masters 1000 showpiece, is absent with injury.

Earlier, US Open finalist Juan Martin del Potro survived his own scare in a 7-5, 7-6 (7) victory over Richard Gasquet.

"I was telling myself, particularly tonight I can not do this (lose) because they were there, but I don't know how much I draw from that, quite honestly".

Third-seeded Del Potro, who has been playing with a cold throughout the week, was playing Borna Coric when he fell near the end of the first set.

"I got lucky that I win, but tomorrow will be a different day".

"Sure you always want to respect the ball kids for who they are and the great job that they're doing", the Swiss said, adding "but it's not easy for each and every player to control their emotions exactly".

The defending champion reached the semifinals Friday by beating eighth-seeded Kei Nishikori 6-4, 7-6 (4).

Fourth seed Alexander Zverev raced past Australian number one Alex de Minaur 6-1 6-4 to improve his match record to 48-15 for the season.

Cecchinato looked most unsafe early on in the match, when he earned a couple of early break points on Djokovic's serve. "That's why I say I regretted the result", Zhang said.

HONG KONG (AFP-Jiji) - Li Na's shining example and the explosion of tournaments in China after her Grand Slam wins has triggered the emergence of a new generation of Chinese players, the country's top two women have said.

"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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