Zverev tames Bei­jing champ to reach Shang­hai last 16

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Zverev, who de­parted the Bei­jing hard courts by smash­ing his rac­quet, kept his cool this time to beat Basi­lashvili in 92 cagey min­utes.

Zverev, who said that he had a sore throat and blocked nose, will play Aus­tralia’s world No.33 Alex de Min­aur next.

De Min­aur, 19, de­feated France’s Benoit Paire 6-4, 6-3 to en­hance his grow­ing rep­u­ta­tion.

Zverev said that Basi­lashvili, who is up to a ca­reer-high rank­ing of 23rd, “knows how to play, def­i­nitely.”

The 30-year-old Argentine Del Potro out­lasted stub­born French­man Richard Gas­quet to stay in the hunt at the Masters event.

Del Potro, who sim­i­larly suf­fered with cold and flu in the China Open fi­nal, was bro­ken on his ser­vice to im­me­di­ately go a game down.

But un­der pres­sure from the 32-year-old Gas­quet, the third seed be­lat­edly found his rhythm, com­ing from be­hind in both sets to win 7-5, 7-6 (9/7).

Del Potro, who sealed the match with an ace and a swing of his fist, will face 13th seed Borna Coric of Croa­tia next.

Photo: AFP

Alexan­der Zverev hits a re­turn to Nikoloz Basi­lashvili dur­ing their men’s sin­gles first-round match at the Shang­hai Masters on Wed­nes­day.

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