Federer forced to battle again on way to Shanghai quarters

  • Federer forced to battle again on way to Shanghai quarters

Federer forced to battle again on way to Shanghai quarters

Though the world No. 28 is a former finalist at this tournament, Federer was expected to storm through but he stuttered to a 6-3 2-6 6-4 win over the Spaniard.

"I thought it was a tough match", Federer told Sky Sports. "Bautista really had to raise his level of play in that second set to stay with me. It's fast, it's heavy, it's heavy balls and cold conditions so I feel that you have to take a big cut of the ball to make real damage".

"It's more interesting for the fans as to whether I get there".

Normal order appeared to have been restored when the 20-time Grand Slam champion comfortably claimed the first set against Bautista Agut.

But in the ninth game of the deciding set, Federer made the breakthrough on his opponent's serve, pumping his fist as another hard-won victory loomed into view.

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.

Del Potro will face Borna Coric in the next round.

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.

Djokovic enjoyed a measure of revenge as he booked his spot in the Shanghai Masters quarter-finals with a comfortable 6-4 6-0 victory against Marco Cecchinato.

The only other time the second-seeded Djokovic played Cecchinato was in the French Open quarterfinals, where the Italian upset him in four sets.

"I hope it's going to help me that I played against Medvedev and also Bautista Agut, two really good baseliners". "I was aggressive when I needed to be".

Roger Federer had to overcome a second-set stutter.

But he exploded back to life mid-season, winning Wimbledon, the Cincinnati Masters and US Open.

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

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

Fifth-seeded Marin Cilic became the highest seed toppled in Shanghai when 48th-ranked Nicolas Jarry of Chile rebounded for a 2-6, 7-6 (6), 7-5 second-round win.