Roger Federer battles past Roberto Bautista Agut in Shanghai

Annette Crawford
October 12, 2018

I like his demeanour, he is a great fighter and I like playing against those type of players.' Federer also analyzed his win over Daniil Medvedev: 'It was extremely hard, that is why I was very happy at the end.

Bautista Agut, a finalist here in 2016, finally offered Federer an opening to take control by surrendering his serve in the ninth game of the third set.

The number three seed fought back on two occasions, winning four straight games from 3-5 down in the first set and then recovering from a 2-6 deficit in the second set tie-break on the way to a 7-5 7-6 (9/7) victory.

"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.

Juan Martin del Potro and Alexander Zverev had to overcome illness. "And by trying everything, I found a solution at the end, which was a great feeling to have".

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.

"I was making him play always an extra shot", Djokovic said.

Djokovic earned partial revenge when he beat Marco Cecchinato 6-4, 6-0.

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. The Serb is on a 15-match winning streak, which includes title runs at Cincinnati and the U.S. Open.

The 31-year-old, who is now gunning for Rafael Nadal's number one ranking, says he is back close to the kind of blistering form that has brought him 14 Grand Slams.

He will take on seventh-seeded Kevin Anderson of South Africa, whom he leads 6-1 on head-to-head. The Spaniard is not in Shanghai due to injury. "I served, I think, 80 percent in that second set and got broken twice".

The tennis season reaches its climax with the ATP World Tour finals in November.

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

Fifth-seeded Marin Cilic became the highest seed toppled in Shanghai when 48th-ranked Nicolas Jarry of Chile rebounded for a 2-6, 7-6 (6), 7-5 second-round win.

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