Federer battles past Bautista Agut in Shanghai

Nikoloz Basilashvili won the China Open last week

The 37-year-old Swiss served out the match in just under two hours to keep hopes of a third Shanghai title alive. And what looked like a stern test for Federer on paper proved to be exactly that in reality as the Swiss was taken the distance before his opponent ultimately crumbled at the crucial juncture late in the third set.

It soon went from bad to worse for the top seed as Bautista Agut struck a clean forehand up the line to break again as he reeled off four games in a row to lead 4-1. The second set was ideal, really. I always say when you win a Slam in any season, it's actually a very good season already.

That's while, Juan Martin del Potro also progressed to the 3rd round of the Shanghai Masters after defeating Richard Gasquet in straight sets.

Though the world No. 28 is a former finalist at this tournament, Federer was expected to storm through but he stuttered to a 6-3 2-6 6-4 win over the Spaniard.

Del Potro will face Borna Coric in the next round. "At this point in my life, I want to do what I really like to", said Federer. "I do not want to paint myself as a flawless person".

"Probably the hardest-hitting player I have ever played against", said Zverev.

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"The ball kids are really important to us because they are also maybe the future of our game, like I was", said the Swiss, a ball boy before going on to become a 20-time Grand Slam champion.

Then, at 4-4, 30-30, Medvedev got succumbed to the pressure as he made two unforced errors from the forehand to hand the break to Federer, who served it out comfortably to reach the last 16.

Alexander Zverev said on Wednesday that he will not play in the new-format Davis Cup finals in November 2019 because he needs the time off, calling the scheduling "crazy".

The 21-year-old German fought off a cold and showed great confidence to wrap up the victory at the Qi Zhong Stadium.

"Because in November I do not want to play tennis anymore", the world number five said, speaking at the Shanghai Masters after beating Georgia's hard-hitting Nikoloz Basilashvili.

"You don't want to have them leaving with feeling, oh my God, I was not appreciated or I was not liked or it was a disgusting thing". Lendl is due to return to the tour before the end of the season.

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