Djokovic strolls to Shanghai third round

Jeremy Chardy explains why he can beat Novak Djokovic

Defending champion Roger Federer has battled past Daniil Medvedev 2 sets to 1 to reach the last 16 at Shanghai Masters.

But the unseeded Spaniard earned a piece of personal history after that, winning the second set - the first time he had ever done that against the Swiss maestro.

The 22-year-old then put the Swiss under immediate pressure on his serve in the deciding set, only for an uncharacteristically flustered Federer to hold.

Federer led Bautista Agut by a set and a service break when he became entangled in a fight that lasted until the second-to-last game of the third set.

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The third-seeded del Potro trailed in the first set and in the tiebreaker but rebounded both times to beat Richard Gasquet 7-5, 7-6 (7).

"I think I'm a completely different player than I was in the first five, six months of the year".

"I haven't followed his season super-closely to be honest because I check in and out of the tour too often".

The Australian finally emerged 6-4, 6-7 (8/10), 7-6 (7/4) for the biggest scalp of his career.

Rising star Zverev was similarly emphatic as he brushed aside Australia's new number one, teenager Alex de Minaur, 6-1, 6-4.

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"Li Na has given us all a lot of hope", Zhang said at the Hong Kong Open.

"It wasn't easy to play for me today", said Del Potro.

Federer will play eighth-seeded Kei Nishikori, a finalist in Tokyo last week, in the quarterfinals.

But he has burst back to form and fitness since the summer, winning Wimbledon, the US Open and the Masters 1000 Cincinnati in a terrific run, and says he is back close to his best.

China's leading ladies will be bidding to join Muguruza in the quarter-finals when they play on Thursday.

Wang Qiang, 26, and Zhang Shuai, 29, said confidence was now growing among Chinese players after a quiet spell since trailblazer Li, a two-time Grand Slam victor, retired in 2014.

"We played here a year ago and it was the place I got my first ATP win", Tsitsipas said. "A lot of long rallies potentially", Federer said. I mean, he really caught fire, I thought. That was probably the first time in the whole season that I felt that way.

Talking about the shot after the match, Federer said: "What was great about that shot is he didn't maybe want that, but he gave himself the best chance to make the ball".

"Obviously, I'm going to try to do everything I can to get to number one", said Djokovic.

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