Fed­erer, del Potro, Zverev beat ri­vals

Sun.Star Davao - - TOP SPORTS - / AP

Shang­hai — Roger Fed­erer had to over­come a sec­ond-set stut­ter. Juan Martin del Potro and Alexan­der Zverev had to over­come ill­ness.

All three still ad­vanced at the Shang­hai Mas­ters on Wed­nes­day.

Fed­erer, the de­fend­ing cham­pion, beat Daniil Medvedev 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 in the sec­ond round de­spite be­ing bro­ken late in the sec­ond set.

"I was able to mix it up. Re­ally also took some chances, serve and vol­ley, sec­ond serve," the top-seeded Fed­erer said. "In the third set I re­ally started to fig­ure it out, as well, how ag­gres­sive or how tac­ti­cal I wanted to make the match. And by try­ing ev­ery­thing, I found a so­lu­tion at the end, which was a great feel­ing to have."

The third-seeded del Potro trailed in the first set and in the tiebreaker but re­bounded both times to beat Richard Gas­quet 7-5, 7-6 (7).

"It wasn't easy to play for me to­day," said del Potro, who reached the China Open fi­nal last week. "I did what I can. I didn't run too much. But I think I played with all my strength in the im­por­tant mo­ment of the match.

"I would love to feel bet­ter," he added. "I have been talk­ing with the doc­tors ev­ery day."

The fourth-seeded Zverev was also strug­gling with a cold, but he beat Ni­coloz Basi­lashvili 7-5, 6-4.

Basi­lashvili ar­rived in Shang­hai after beat­ing del Potro in Bei­jing to win his sec­ond ca­reer ti­tle.

"I played an op­po­nent who has a lot of con­fi­dence," Zverev said. "Ob­vi­ously he's play­ing the best ten­nis of his life, win­ning in Bei­jing, and ob­vi­ously he had a very good match yes­ter­day, as well.

"He knows how to play, def­i­nitely. Prob­a­bly the hard­est-hit­ting player I have ever played against."

Zverev is play­ing in Shang­hai with­out his coach, Ivan Lendl, who was in Bei­jing last week. Lendl flew back to the United States to have wrist surgery, which Zverev said was caused by play­ing too much golf. Lendl is due to re­turn to the tour be­fore the end of the sea­son.

Ear­lier, 10th-seeded Ste­fanos Tsit­si­pas beat Karen Khachanov 6-4, 7-6 (8) — the sec­ond straight year that the Greek player has de­feated Khachanov in the sec­ond round in Shang­hai.

"We played here last year and it was the place I got my first ATP win," Tsit­si­pas said. "I knew to­day was go­ing to be a dif­fer­ent match. I played ev­ery sin­gle point as if there was no to­mor­row."


DE­FEND­ING CHAM­PION. Roger Fed­erer of Switzer­land eyes the ball dur­ing his match against Daniil Medvedev of Rus­sia in their men's sin­gles match of the Shang­hai Mas­ters ten­nis tour­na­ment at Qizhong For­est Sports City.

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