Roger Federer looks to kickstart Shanghai Masters with a bang

Roger Federer looks to kickstart Shanghai Masters with a bang

The Spaniard folded at the end of a 27-shot rally to surrender the first break of the match to the world No. 2, who soon wrapped up the first set.

Federer said that two stern encounters had set him up nicely for Nishikori on Friday. Lendl flew back to the United States to have wrist surgery, which Zverev said was caused by playing too much golf. "I got three to four days of good-quality practice here. I am feeling very fresh and have a lot of energy so I'll have no excuses".

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

Australian Matthew Ebden upset sixth-seeded Dominic Thiem 6-4, 6-7 (8), 7-6 (4) in a almost three-hour match. It's a pity that I lost the opportunity to play with Federer, to see what's the difference between us.

Wimbledon and U.S. Open champion Novak Djokovic exacted revenge over Italian Marco Cecchinato with a 6-4 6-0 victory.

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

"Obviously it's great to finally officially make it and obviously be part of the eight best again, which is an elite group, which is kind of the goal for everyone at the beginning of the season", Zverev said.

Earlier, eighth seed Alize Cornet went down to Thailand's Luksika Kumkhum after a drama-filled clash which saw both players struggle to hold their serve.

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Zverev won his only encounter against Djokovic in the 2017 Rome final.

"I have given everything I had in today's match", said Zhang.

"I feel like I'm where I want to be... It's going to be definitely a close match".

The world number three snapped up the first break point that came his way in game five of the first and when Chardy, who saved one set point with an ace, buried a forehand into the net he was halfway to victory. Djokovic didn't give the South African another opportunity.

Up to a career-high ranking of 23, Basilashvili never faced a break point on his serve.

The 21-year-old German, regarded as one of the finest prospects in tennis, said that he expects other high-ranking players to follow suit. But I think I played with all my strength in the important moment of the match.

"In the third set it was just hard, so I'm happy I got through somehow".

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