Djokovic lines up Anderson in Shanghai quarters

Doug Mendoza
October 14, 2018

HONG KONG (AFP-Jiji) - Li Na's shining example and the explosion of tournaments in China after her Grand Slam wins has triggered the emergence of a new generation of Chinese players, the country's top two women have said.

Now for an exit in a quarterfinal the Swiss will face the Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut.

Federer described the incident as an "exception" that sometimes happens "in the heat of the moment" and said the work of the ball kids in bringing players their towels helps save time.

"Sascha is a very good player and I think it's going to be a very hard match for me, but very interesting".

"When she won the Grand Slams I think more people chose to try tennis and try to believe in themselves".

"He was hanging tough and really got in a great position in that second set".

Earlier, US Open finalist Juan Martin del Potro survived his own scare in a 7-5, 7-6 (7) victory over Richard Gasquet.

Zhang broke back in the next game to push the set into tie-break, which the Russian took at the third set point of asking.

Having lost a set for the first time in eight meetings with Bautista Agut, Federer cut down his errors before breaking in the ninth game en route to his 38th match win of the season.

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Earlier, eighth seed Alize Cornet went down to Thailand's Luksika Kumkhum after a drama-filled clash which saw both players struggle to hold their serve.

Zverev will qualify for the season-ending tournament in London if he reaches the semi-finals this week and he remains on course to do just that after seeing off Basilashvili 7-5 6-4.

A Masters event is a level below a Grand Slam, but Djokovic was rapt to crush Cecchinato. "I did everything that I needed to win", said Zverev.

The 16th seed will have to raise his game against Djokovic, who was fuming after suffering a shock loss to the Palermo native in the quarter-finals of the French Open in June.

But the world number three exploded back to life mid-season, winning Wimbledon, the Cincinnati Masters and US Open.

He will take on seventh-seeded Kevin Anderson of South Africa, whom he leads 6-1 on head-to-head.

Fourth seed Alexander Zverev edged one step closer to qualifying for next month's ATP Finals after a hard-fought 7-5 6-4 win over in-form Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili.

Rising star Zverev was similarly emphatic as he brushed aside Australian teenager Alex de Minaur, 6-1, 6-4.

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