Del Potro Survives Qualifier Basilashvili Scare
SHANGHAI (Dispatches) - Juan Martin del Potro saved four break points in the decider to battle past Georgian qualifier Nikoloz Basilashvili and reach the Shanghai Masters second round.
The Argentine, who prevailed 6-2 3-6 6-4, looked on course for a routine win after taking the first set in 23 minutes but world number 59 Basilashvili pounced on his errors in the next to level the match.
Attacking Del Potro’s serve at 4-4 in the third, Basilashvili earned four chances to break and serve for the match. But the 2013 finalist defended resolutely and switched gears to set up a meeting with Russian teenager Andrey Rublev.
South Korea’s Chung Hyeon eased past world number 13 Roberto Bautista Agut, last year’s runner-up, 6-4 6-3 to equal the best victory of his career.