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Federer survives Medvedev scare in Shanghai

12 October, 2018, 00:26 | Author: Heidi Alvarez
  • Roger Federer says he is in top condition for his title defence

Shanghai - Roger Federer said that he did not want to lose in front of his young family as he was pushed all the way for the second match in a row at the Shanghai Masters on Thursday.

Federer, the defending champion, beat Daniil Medvedev 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 in the second round despite being broken late in the second set. Nevertheless, the top seed insisted he was content with how he's playing.

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. I played some great tennis at the end to make a difference and I am happy to be in the next round tomorrow.

"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".

One player who will not be in the quarter-finals is Juan Martin del Potro after he hobbled out of the tournament.

World number seven Dominic Thiem's bid to qualify for the next month's ATP World Tour Finals suffered a blow as he was edged out 6-4 6-7 (8) 7-6 (4) by Australian Matthew Ebden.

The problems kept coming for the 20-time Grand Slam champion as the Spaniard broke for a third time, and took a set off the Swiss for the first time in their eight meetings. Del Potro had the knee wrapped but called it quits after losing the first set 7-5.

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Second seed Djokovic enjoyed a measure of revenge as he booked his spot in the quarter-finals with a 6-4, 6-0 demolition of Marco Cecchinato.

"I'm very grateful to play on a high level", Djokovic said. "I was aggressive when I needed to be".

Since Djokovic lost that French Open match to Cecchinato, he's won 28 of his 30 matches.

Novak Djokovic stepped up his bid to dethrone Rafael Nadal from the top of the world rankings with a 6-3 7-5 win over Frenchman Jeremy Chardy in the second round of the Shanghai Masters on Tuesday.

Seventh-seeded Wimbledon finalist Kevin Anderson awaits Djokovic in the quarter-finals after the South African overcame Greek youngster Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4 7-6 (1).

Zverev will play 11th-seeded Kyle Edmund after the Briton defeated Nicolas Jarry of Chile 7-6 (5), 6-3.

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