Rusty Fed­erer avoids ba­nana skin

Sport360 - - News Tennis - By Staff Re­porter @Sport360 edi­to­rial@sport360.com

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.

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