Rusty Federer avoids banana skin
Rafael Nadal continued his winning run while Roger Federer returned to action with a victory at the Shanghai Masters.
Federer took on Diego Schwartzman in his first match since losing to Juan Martin del Potro in the quarter-finals of the US Open just over a month ago.
The world No2 was not at his best but ground out a 7-6 (7/4), 6-4 win after an hour and 33 minutes and faces Alexandr Dolgopolov in round three.
Federer, who had a first-round bye, told Sky Sports: “It’s hard to play your very best starting a tournament. I knew he was dangerous. Overall I’m very happy, it’s a great first match for me.”
Federer spent 39 minutes longer on court than US Open champion Nadal, who demolished young American Jared Donaldson 6-2 6-1.
Donaldson matched his illustrious rival for four games but after that Nadal, who has never won this title, was at his ruthless best, racking up a 13th consecutive victory.
Third seed Alexander Zverev was on court for just 12 minutes before Aljaz Bedene retired trailing 4-0 with a knee injury but Grigor Dimitrov had a much tougher time against Ryan Harrison.
The sixth seed faced three match points at 3-6 in the deciding tiebreak but won five points in a row to triumph 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (8/6).
It’s hard to play your very best starting a tournament. I knew he was dangerous – Federer
Back in business: Roger Federer.