Published: Sat, October 13, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Roger Federer survives scare to reach last 16 in Shanghai

Roger Federer survives scare to reach last 16 in Shanghai

"I had my highest ranking ever this season". "I'm just really happy".

The pair traded breaks at the start of the second, with Bautista Agut responding with a break to love courtesy of a rasping backhand return victor after a demoralising opening game of the set.

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.

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

But in the ninth game of the deciding set, Federer made the breakthrough on his opponent's serve, pumping his fist as another hard-won victory loomed into view.

Though the world No. 28 is a former finalist at this tournament, Federer was expected to storm through but he stuttered to a 6-3 2-6 6-4 win over the Spaniard.

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. Del Potro had the knee wrapped but called it quits after losing the first set 7-5.

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.

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The only other time the second-seeded Djokovic played Cecchinato was in the French Open quarterfinals, where the Italian upset him in four sets.

It appears to be working and the 20-time Grand Slam victor opens his defence of the Shanghai Masters this week in ominously good shape.

"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. "I was aggressive when I needed to be". The Serb is on a 15-match winning streak, which includes title runs at Cincinnati and the U.S. Open.

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

Djokovic will take on seventh-seeded Kevin Anderson of South Africa, whom he leads 6-1 on head-to-heads.

Rising star Zverev was similarly emphatic as he brushed aside Australia's new number one, teenager Alex de Minaur, 6-1, 6-4.

Edmund, Britain's number one, defeated Chile's Nicolas Jarry 7-6 (7/5), 6-3.

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