/Federer Needs 3 Again In Shanghai, Faces Nishikori Next; Del Potro Retires, Djokovic v Anderson Friday

Federer Needs 3 Again In Shanghai, Faces Nishikori Next; Del Potro Retires, Djokovic v Anderson Friday

Federer Needs 3 Again In Shanghai, Faces Nishikori Next; Del Potro Retires, Djokovic v Anderson Friday

Roger Federer went the distance again, and like he did Wednesday, broke at 4-all in the third then closed out Roberto Bautista Agut 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 to reach the Shanghai quarterfinals.

“I’m actually quite happy,” said Federer. “I thought that Bautista really had to raise his level of play in that second set to stay with me. I mean, he really caught fire, I thought. I served, I think, 80% in that second set Anderson
The defending champion will now face Asian favorite Kei Nishikori who he leads 5-2.

“As we know with Kei’s game, once he finds his range and his rhythm, he’s very tough to play,” said Federer. “Not sure if fast courts suit him better or not, because I feel like he actually plays well on clay, grass, hard. He can do it all.

“I think it’s going to be a tough match tomorrow. I hope it’s going to help me that I played against Medvedev and also Bautista Agut, two really good baseliners, to be honest.”

Nishikori got past Sam Querrey 7-6(7), 6-4.

Three-time champion Novak Djokovic gained revenge on the last man to meet him in a Slam, Marco Cecchinato, beating the Italian 6-4, 6-0.

“I’m really pleased with the way I have been using my serve accurately and effectively in the first two matches, which is very important,” said Djokovic. “I was making him play always an extra shot. I was aggressive when I needed to be. The second set was perfect, really. I’m really glad to be able to finish the match the way I did.”

Djokovic, who has won his last 15 matches, faces Kevin Anderson in a rematch of the Wimbledon final. Anderson advanced over Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-5, 7-6(1).

Alexander Zverev overwhelmed Alex De Minaur 6-1, 6-4. He’ll now meet Kyle Edmund who beat Nicolas Jarry.

And Juan Martin del Potro had to retire against Borna Coric after dropping the first set 7-5.

“During the match I had a bad fall. I made a weird movement with the knee and hit the floor very hard. I felt intense pain,” Del Potro said. “After, I lost the stability and strength on my leg, so not to continue was the best decision. I didn’t want any more risks after that.

“The doctor observed me and told that we need to wait for the examinations results in a few hours. Then we will know how bad it was and how to proceed for the next tournaments.”

Coric moves on to face Matt Ebden.

CENTER Starts At 1:00 Pm
11 Kyle Edmund v 4 Alexander Zverev
7 Kevin Anderson v 2 Novak Djokovic
Not Before 6:00 Pm
13 Borna Coric v Matthew Ebden
1 Roger Federer v 8 Kei Nishikori

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