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Federer forced to battle again on way to Shanghai quarters

Jeremy Chardy explains why he can beat Novak Djokovic Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic remain on course for Shanghai Masters showdown
Cary Erickson | 13 October, 2018, 18:30

Roger Federer struggled past an inspired Roberto Bautista Agut to reach the Shanghai Masters quarter-finals.

Briton Kyle Edmund, who moved to a career-high ranking of 14 this week, continued his impressive run in Asia with a 7-5 6-3 win over Serbia's Filip Krajinovic. Since missing out on the US Open title after being defeated by Australia's John Millman in their pre-quarters clash, he had played just two matches in Laver Cup.

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. I always say when you win a Slam in any season, it's actually a very good season already.

Juan Martin del Potro said that he is suffering from a virus and reviewing his health "hour by hour", after labouring into the Shanghai Masters last 16 on Wednesday. Nishikori ousted Sam Querrey 7-6 (7), 6-4 on Thursday.

Third seed Del Potro won four straight games from 3-5 down in the opening set before recovering from 2-6 deficit in the second set tiebreak to set up a third round meeting with Croatian Borna Coric.

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. "Bautista really had to raise his level of play in that second set to stay with me".

Croatia hold wasteful England in empty stadium
The Borussia Dortmund wonder kid showed some impressive touches but couldn't provide a final spark as England had to settle for a point.

Both the players will be playing for the first time against each other.

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

Wang Qiang, 26, and Zhang Shuai, 29, said confidence was now growing among Chinese players after a quiet spell since trailblazer Li Na, a two-time major-winner, retired in 2014.

The 30-year-old Bautista Agut had the whiff of an upset in his nostrils and the prospect of a first victory over the Swiss at the eighth attempt. "So all this stuff, it's quite hectic to be quite honest, even though it seems like we have a lot of time", he said on Tuesday.

Alexander Zverev of Germany watches his shot as he plays against Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia during their men's singles match in the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament at Qizhong Forest Sports City Tennis Center in Shanghai, China, Wednesday, Oct. 10. "It's fast, it's heavy, it's heavy balls and cold conditions so I feel that you have to take a big cut of the ball to make real damage". Lendl is due to return to the tour before the end of the season.