Nadal and Federer advance in Shanghai
Rafael Nadal continued to scythe his way through the Shanghai Masters yesterday, reaching the quarter-finals with a 6-3, 6-1 thrashing of temperamental Italian Fabio Fognini. Nadal needed two minutes over the hour to dispatch Fognini, taking his winning streak to 14 matches since the start of the US Open where he claimed a 16th grand slam title. Fognini was playing the day after being handed a suspended ban from two grand slams and US$96,000 (Dh352,617) fine for verbally abusing a female umpire at the US Open. Roger Federer avoided a potential banana skin in outclassing the Ukrainian qualifier Alexandr Dolgopolov to reach the last eight.