Nadal and Fed­erer cruise into Shang­hai quar­ters

Waterloo Region Record - - SPORTS - San­dra Harwitt

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

Fognini oc­cu­pied Nadal for 63 min­utes, nine min­utes longer 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. “Its 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 hard-court ti­tle in more than three years un­til the U.S. Open last month, and now he’s gunning for his third in five weeks.

Nadal saved both break points he faced in the round-of-16 match, in the fourth game of the sec­ond set.

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 third­seeded Alexan­der Zverev, 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4.

Del Potro re­quired four match points — two on Zverev’s serve in the ninth game, two on his own serve in the 10th game — 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 fifth game of 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 un­fo­cussed 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.”

ANDY WONG, THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Rafael Nadal of Spain serves against Fabio Fognini of Italy dur­ing their men’s sin­gles match in the Shang­hai Masters ten­nis tour­na­ment Thurs­day. Nadan won the match, 6-3, 6-1.

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