Roger Federer survives scare to reach last 16 in Shanghai
Roger Federer v Daniil Medvedev 6-4 4-6 6-4

Roger Federer survives scare to reach last 16 in Shanghai

10/10/2018

Roger Federer was forced to a third set before completing a 6-4 4-6 6-4 win over Daniil Medvedev in the last 32 of the Shanghai Masters.

The number one seed and defending champion was pushed all the way by the surprise winner of the Japan Open, but broke in the ninth game of the deciding set before serving out to reach the last 16.

It is Federer's first competitive tournament in singles since he lost to John Millman in the US Open last 16 in early September.

He will face Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut for a quarter-final spot as he continues his quest for a third title in Shanghai.

Juan Martin del Potro displayed his battling qualities to overcome Richard Gasquet.

The number three seed fought back on two occasions, winning four straight games from 3-5 down in the first set and then recovering from a 2-6 deficit in the second set tie-break on the way to a 7-5 7-6 (9/7) victory.

Del Potro will face Borna Coric in the next round. He beat the Croatian 6-4 6-3 6-1 in the US Open fourth round last month.

Fourth seed Alexander Zverev is also through after a 7-5 6-4 win over in-form Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili. He will play Alex de Minaur in the last-16 after his 6-4 6-3 victory against Benoit Paire.

Wimbledon finalist Kevin Anderson cruised to victory against Mikhail Kukushkin, winning 6-3 6-2 in just 64 minutes and will play Stefanos Tsitsipas after the Greek saved three set points in the second-set tie-break en route to a 6-4 7-6 (10/8) win over Karen Khachanov.

Marco Cecchinato recovered from 1-4 down in a final-set tie-break to defeat Chung Hyeon 4-6 7-6 (7/5) 7-6 (7/5) in two hours and 35 minutes while British number one Kyle Edmund maintained his good recent form with a 6-3 6-4 win over Andreas Seppi to reach the third round in Shanghai for the first time.

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