Federer battles past Bautista Agut in Shanghai

Matthew Ebden secured victory in his first meeting against Dominic Thiem

Matthew Ebden secured victory in his first meeting against Dominic Thiem

Federer defeated Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain 6-3, 2-6, 6-4, a day after being taken the distance by Daniil Medvedev of Russian Federation.

Three days on and the 30-year-old continues to be under the weather, but just about did enough to see off Gasquet 7-5, 7-6 (9/7).

The Wimbledon and US Open champion, Djokovic is hoping to win a record fourth Shanghai title this week.

In the second round he lost the second number of a world rating and the current victor of the tournament Roger Federer. "I do not see myself as the last one to play this kind of tennis", said Federer.

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

Zverev will qualify for the season-ending tournament in London if he reaches the semi-finals this week and he remains on course to do just that after seeing off Basilashvili 7-5 6-4.

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The top-seeded Swiss, who is fighting to defend the title and his world number two spot, broke in the fourth game and sealed the opening set with a crisp backhand volley.

Torrential downpours delayed the start of play by more than four hours and the world number 13 did not come out on court until 10.21pm, but said she had remained focused on the game during the extended build-up. "Probably the hardest-hitting player I have ever played against". "At this point in my life, I want to do what I really like to", said Federer. "I do not want to paint myself as a flawless person. I did everything that I needed to win", said Zverev.

He will next face Kevin Anderson, who overpowered Mikhail Kukushkin with a 6-3, 6-2 win.

The pair added that Li's shining example and the explosion of tournaments in China after her Grand Slam wins had triggered the emergence of a new generation of players. "So all this stuff, it's quite hectic to be quite honest, even though it seems like we have a lot of time", he said on Tuesday.

The 21-year-old German fought off a cold and showed great confidence to wrap up the victory at the Qi Zhong Stadium. "Tennis became more running sports than a talented one", said Federer. "Being talented does not pay off in tennis now, it's the work that brings you to the top".

The tennis season reaches its climax with the ATP World Tour finals in November.

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