Nadal, Fed­erer off to quar­ter-fi­nals

Top two seeds need lit­tle time to dis­patch op­po­nents in Round of 16

The Province - - SPORTS - SAN­DRA HARWITT THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

SHANG­HAI — Rafael Nadal won his 14th con­sec­u­tive match to reach the Shang­hai Mas­ters quar­ter-fi­nals, beat­ing Fabio Fognini of Italy 6-3, 6-1 on Thurs­day.

Fognini oc­cu­pied Nadal for 63 min­utes, nine min­utes longer than Nadal’s sec­ond-round match.

Roger Fed­erer, seeded sec­ond to Nadal, also was not de­tained for long as he de­feated Ukrainian qual­i­fier Alexandr Dol­go­polov 6-4, 6-2.

“Of course it’s good news, and es­pe­cially in this part of the sea­son,” Nadal said. “It’s bet­ter like this than hav­ing long matches. You save a lit­tle bit more the body.

“It doesn’t mat­ter how long you are on court, (the) most im­por­tant thing is be enough com­pet­i­tive to (han­dle) all the sit­u­a­tions.”

Nadal hadn’t won an ATP hard­court ti­tle in more than three years un­til the U.S. Open last month, and now he’s gun­ning for his third in five weeks.

In the quar­ter-fi­nals, Nadal will play sixth-seeded Grigor Dim­itrov of Bul­garia, who got past Sam Quer­rey of the U.S. 6-3, 7-6 (3).

Fed­erer will play Richard Gas­quet in the quar­ter-fi­nals.

Juan Martin del Potro ad­vanced by over­com­ing third-seeded Alexan­der Zverev 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4.

Del Potro re­quired four match points to win this first en­counter against the Ger­man.

Del Potro, who lost his serve for the only time in the match in the sec­ond game, won nine of his 15 ser­vice games at love.

Zverev, in the hunt for a sixth ATP ti­tle of the sea­son, lost his com­po­sure af­ter net­ting a back­hand to sur­ren­der his serve in the third set to the Ar­gen­tine. He re­peat­edly smashed his racket un­til it was a man­gled mess.

“For me, it’s im­pos­si­ble to lose a match when I’ve only been bro­ken one time,” Zverev said. “The game where he broke me I was up 40-15 and I was just un­fo­cused there.”

Del Potro knew Zverev’s re­ac­tion to los­ing serve was likely a good omen.

“I saw his frus­tra­tion, for sure,” del Potro said. “He’s still very young and has to keep learn­ing. He has ev­ery­thing to be in the top of the game.”

Del Potro will face John Is­ner of the U.S. or Vik­tor Troicki of Ser­bia.

Fourth-seeded Marin Cilic will face Al­bert Ramos-Vi­no­las of Spain.

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Spain’s Rafael Nadal recorded a 6-3, 6-1 win over Italy’s Fabio Fognini at the Shang­hai Mas­ters ten­nis tour­na­ment Thurs­day and will face Grigor Dim­itrov next.

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