Federer battles, Djokovic cruises, del Potro out in Shanghai

Djokovic makes winning return in Shanghai

Djokovic makes winning return in Shanghai

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic stayed on course for a Shanghai Masters showdown in Sunday's final as they both made it through to the quarter-finals on Thursday. Really also took some chances, serve and volley, second serve, " the top-seeded Federer said.

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.

"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).

However, the Swiss is a great champion for a reason and he found a late surge to rip the match away from his opponent to set up a quarter-final clash with Kei Nishikori.

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.

Next up will be a tie with Nishikori, who defeated Sam Querrey in straight sets to keep his hopes of reaching the ATP Finals alive.

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.

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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.

Second seed 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.

A Masters event is a level below a Grand Slam, but Djokovic was rapt to crush Cecchinato.

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

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

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

Fourth seed Alexander Zverev is also through after a 7-5 6-4 win over in-form Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili.

The German fourth seed will face 11th seed Kyle Edmund in the last eight.

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