Federer battles, Djokovic cruises, del Potro out in Shanghai

Aubrey Yates
October 12, 2018

He will next face Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut, who beat American Mackenzie McDonald 3-6 6-4 6-1.

"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".

Djokovic's second-round victory improved his ideal record against the 41st-ranked Chardy to 12-0 in matches played, and 28-0 in sets won.

"As you can probably hear in my voice, I'm a little sick right now, so feeling a little bit low energy, but I hope it will get better over the next few days".

Federer led Bautista Agut by a set and a service break when he became entangled in a fight that lasted until the second-to-last game of the third set.

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. Nishikori ousted Sam Querrey 7-6 (7), 6-4 on Thursday.

The Argentine world No 4, who had already been suffering with a virus, lost his footing at 5-5 in the first set against Croatia's Borna Coric. Del Potro had the knee wrapped but called it quits after losing the first set 7-5.

Marco Cecchinato recovered from 1-4 down in a final-set tie-break to defeat Chung Hyeon 4-6 7-6 (7/5) 7-6 (7/5) in two hours and 35 minutes while British number one Kyle Edmund maintained his good recent form with a 6-3 6-4 win over Andreas Seppi to reach the third round in Shanghai for the first time.

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But the Spaniard earned a piece of personal history after that, winning the second set - the first time he had taken a set against the Swiss maestro.

A Masters event is a level below a Grand Slam, but Djokovic was rapt to crush Cecchinato.

After his victory, he said: "It was extremely hard, that is why I was very happy at the end". "I was aggressive when I needed to be".

Fresh off the biggest title of his career in Tokyo, Medvedev saved a break point early in the second set and that gave him momentum to grab a break of his own to force a decider.

But the world number three exploded back to life mid-season, winning Wimbledon, the Cincinnati Masters and US Open.

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

The top seed will play Japan's eighth seed Kei Nishikori, while Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev are also through, albeit with far less hassle.

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