Novak Djokovic makes winning return in Shanghai Masters

Annette Crawford
October 13, 2018

Medvedev said he would be realising a dream by facing Federer for the first time.

"I'm in Asia, of course I want to play tennis here, but I don't want to put at risk my health also".

Medvedev, on the other hand, is also on a roll having recently clinched the Japan Open trophy after registering a stunning victory over home favourite Kei Nishikori.

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 pair traded breaks at the start of the second, with Bautista Agut responding with a break to love courtesy of a rasping backhand return victor after a demoralising opening game of the set. He will next face Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut, who beat American Mackenzie McDonald 3-6 6-4 6-1.

Next up on center was the US Open and Beijing runner-up, Juan Martin Del Potro who squeezed through Richard Gasquet 7-5, 7-6 (7), who was up by a considerable margin in both sets.

Third-seeded Del Potro, who has had a cold throughout the week, was playing Borna Coric when he fell near the end of the first set.

The Italian battled his way past Hyeon Chung on Wednesday, coming from a set down to win 4-6 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (7-5).

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.

It appears to be working and the 20-time Grand Slam victor opens his defence of the Shanghai Masters this week in ominously good shape.

The 16th seed will have to raise his game against Djokovic, who was fuming after suffering a shock loss to the Palermo native in the quarter-finals of the French Open in June.

Reflecting on his 2018, which included winning the Australian Open and several weeks back at world number one, Federer said: "I have actually been very successful when I played". I did everything that I needed to win.

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

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

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

He will face the young, Aussie No. 1 Alex De Minaur who defeated the flamboyant Frenchman Benoit Paire easily in straight, 6-4, 6-3 sets.

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