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Federer battles, Djokovic cruises, del Potro out in Shanghai

SHANGHAI — Roger Federer was stretched to a few units for a second consecutive match to achieve the Shanghai Masters quarterfinals on Thursday. Nevertheless, the highest seed insisted he was content material with how he is enjoying.

Federer defeated Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain 6-Three, 2-6, 6-Four, a day after being taken the gap by Daniil Medvedev of Russia.

“I’m actually quite happy,” Federer mentioned. “Bautista really had to raise his level of play in that second set to stay with me. I mean, he really caught fire, I thought. I served, I think, 80 percent in that second set and got broken twice.”

Novak Djokovic cruised by his second-round match, however Juan Martin del Potro needed to retire after hurting his proper knee in a fall.

Federer led Bautista Agut by a set and a service break when he turned entangled in a battle that lasted till the penultimate sport of the third set.

Bautista Agut, a finalist right here in 2016, lastly provided Federer a gap to take management by surrendering his serve in the ninth sport of the third set.

Federer will play eighth-seeded Kei Nishikori, a finalist in Tokyo final week, in the quarterfinals. Nishikori ousted Sam Querrey 7-6 (7), 6-Four on Thursday.

Third-seeded Del Potro, who has had a chilly all through the week, was enjoying Borna Coric when he fell close to the tip of the primary set. Del Potro had the knee wrapped however referred to as it quits after dropping the primary set 7-5.

Djokovic earned partial revenge when he beat Marco Cecchinato 6-Four, 6-Zero. The solely different time the second-seeded Djokovic performed Cecchinato was in the French Open quarterfinals, the place the Italian upset him in 4 units.

A Masters occasion is a stage beneath a Grand Slam, however Djokovic was rapt to crush Cecchinato.

“I was making him play always an extra shot,” Djokovic mentioned. “I was aggressive when I needed to be. The second set was perfect, really.”

Since Djokovic misplaced that French Open match to Cecchinato, he is gained 28 of his 30 matches. The Serb is on a 15-match successful streak, which incorporates title runs at Cincinnati and the U.S. Open. He’s bidding to win a file fourth Shanghai title this week.

He will tackle seventh-seeded Kevin Anderson of South Africa, whom he leads 6-1 on head-to-head. Djokovic defeated Anderson in straight units in the Wimbledon closing in July.

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

Fourth-seeded Alexander Zverev of Germany additionally superior to the quarterfinals by pasting Alex de Minaur of Australia 6-1, 6-Four.

Zverev will play Kyle Edmund after the Briton defeated Nicolas Jarry of Chile 7-6 (5), 6-Three.

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