'Completely different' Djokovic barrels into Shanghai third round

14 October, 2018, 05:31 | Author: Brenda Erickson
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Shanghai: Top seed and defending champion Roger Federer battled past in-form Russian Daniil Medvedev 6-4 4-6 6-4 to reach the last-16 at the Shanghai Masters on Wednesday.

Federer - seeking a third Shanghai trophy - will face Roberto Bautista Agut in the next round.

Federer, who himself acted as a ball boy in his youth, said he felt most of the young helpers understood the pressure players are under, but that it was vital they enjoyed a good experience at tournaments.

"After the surgery I was not managing to play my best, and that has changed".

"When she won the Grand Slams I think more people chose to try tennis and try to believe in themselves".

Zverev is the fifth player to qualify for the season-ending tournament in London, joining Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro in the eight-player field.

A thrilling deciding set unfolded with each man saving a break point until, at 4-4 30-30, Medvedev produced two very bad forehands to present his opponent with an opening.

Earlier, eighth seed Alize Cornet went down to Thailand's Luksika Kumkhum after a drama-filled clash which saw both players struggle to hold their serve.

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

"But I'm going like hour by hour and see how I'm feeling", added Del Potro, who plays 13th seed Borna Coric next in Shanghai.

The 30-year-old Del Potro had lengthy treatment and strapping put on his knee, but conceded the match after losing the first set 7-5. Wimbledon finalist Kevin Anderson fired 14 aces to breeze past Kazakh qualifier Mikhail Kukushkin 6-3 6-2.

The Serbian second seed was stunned by the Italian - ranked 72 in the world at the time - in the French Open quarter-finals earlier this year.

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

"I still think we are doing actually very well in our sport, and we have to maintain that, you know, the integrity and the way we treat each other, because it is a classy sport, tennis", Federer said at a press conference here, where he is seeking to win his 3rd Shanghai Masters title. "I was aggressive when I needed to be".

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. Dominic Thiem, who lost his opening match this week, is in second place with 48 match wins this season. The Serb is on a 15-match winning streak, which includes title runs at Cincinnati and the U.S. Open.

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