Roger Federer survives scare to reach last 16 in Shanghai

Djokovic makes winning return in Shanghai

Roger Federer was stretched to three sets for a second consecutive match to reach the Shanghai Masters quarterfinals on Thursday.

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.

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.

"I was telling myself, particularly tonight I can not do this (lose) because they were there, but I don't know how much I draw from that, quite honestly".

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

Juan Martin del Potro and Alexander Zverev had to overcome illness.

Australian Matthew Ebden upset sixth-seeded Dominic Thiem 6-4, 6-7 (8), 7-6 (4) in a almost three-hour match.

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.

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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. Del Potro had the knee wrapped but called it quits 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 Swiss looks some way short of his best form and for the second match in a row dropped a set.

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

The 31-year-old Serb was playing his first match on the ATP tour since lifting his 14th Grand Slam title at the U.S. Open last month and looked in complete control as he won 34 of 40 points on his first-serve to book a place in the last 16.

Djokovic will play South Africa's seventh seed Kevin Anderson and said he was arrowing in on Rafael Nadal's top ranking.

The world No 2 will tackle Kei Nishikori in the last eight after the eighth seed came through against American big-hitter Sam Querrey 7-6 (9-7) 6-4.

Zverev will play 11th-seeded Kyle Edmund after the Briton defeated Nicolas Jarry of Chile 7-6 (5), 6-3.

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