Sunday, 21 October, 2018

Impressive Novak Djokovic gets revenge to make Shanghai quarters

Novak Djokovic of Serbia in action against Jeremy Chardy of France. REUTERS  Aly Song Djokovic got off to a winning start
Cassandra Castillo | 11 October, 2018, 18:23

The top seed and 20-time Grand Slam victor emerged from another nervy battle to eventually defeat the 28th-ranked Spaniard 6-3, 2-6, 6-4.

"Now what I need is to catch the rhythm of the match, take a continuity in competition and gradually find myself better".

"I thought it was a tough match", Federer told Sky Sports.

Argentine Juan Martin del Potro overcame a slow start to outlast France's Richard Gasquet 7-5 7-6 (7).

"In the third set it was just hard, so I'm happy I got through somehow".

Federer led Bautista Agut by a set and a service break when he became entangled in a fight that lasted until the second-to-last game of the third set.

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

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.

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

A Masters event is a level below a Grand Slam, but Djokovic was rapt to crush Cecchinato. "I did everything that I needed to win", said Zverev.

Fresh off the biggest title of his career in Tokyo, Medvedev saved a break point early in the second set and that gave him momentum to grab a break of his own to force a decider.

The 37-year-old Swiss served out the match in just under two hours to keep hopes of a third Shanghai title alive.

Anderson has a 1-6 losing head-to-head record against Djokovic, with their most recent ATP meeting coming in the Wimbledon final when Djokovic won in straight sets.

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.

Rising star Zverev was similarly emphatic as he brushed aside Australia's new number one, teenager Alex de Minaur, 6-1, 6-4. Edmund, Britain's number one, defeated Chile's Nicolas Jarry 7-6 (7/5), 6-3.

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