Shanghai Open: Roger Federer defeats Daniil Medvedev

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"I never did a serve of 220km in my life and he did it like five times today". On account of Federer ten aces and three breaks. "So you see, two sets sometimes doesn't tell the truth".

Cecchinato trailed 3-1 in the final set and 4-1 in the deciding tie-break, but rallied on both occasions to avoid an early exit.

"In the third set I really started to figure it out", said Federer, who was roared on by a band of fanatical fans decked out in red tops. "I somehow got it done".

Federer, who is chasing his fourth title this season, faces Daniil Medvedev in his opener after the feisty Russian yesterday rallied to defeat Chinese wild-card Zhang Ze 3-6, 7-6 (9/7), 6-4.

The Japanese eighth seed came through a tight match against American Sam Querrey to prevail 7-6 (9-7), 6-4. "I've always played him when he's playing well, but I'll hope I can take it to him".

Fourth-seeded Alexander Zverev of Germany also advanced to the quarterfinals by pasting Alex de Minaur of Australia 6-1, 6-4.

Juan Martin del Potro said that he is suffering from a virus and reviewing his health "hour by hour", after labouring into the Shanghai Masters last 16 on Wednesday.

Djokovic will take on seventh-seeded Kevin Anderson of South Africa, whom he leads 6-1 on head-to-heads.

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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.

With a dominant serve and a mix of clever groundstrokes, Zverev moved just one match win away from qualifying for the ATP Finals for a second consecutive year.

"It was a different surface", Djokovic said of their previous match.

"He has done well here before beating Novak so I am aware of that", Federer said. "It's going to be definitely a close match".

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.

Cecchinato looked most unsafe early on in the match, when he earned a couple of early break points on Djokovic's serve.

Since Djokovic lost that French Open match to Cecchinato, he's won 28 of his 30 matches. "Obviously I don't want to stop here".

"When she won the Grand Slams I think more people chose to try tennis and try to believe in themselves". I thought I had a chance when I looked at the main draw, as he just flew from Tokyo on Monday.

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