Marcha 21, 2018

Shanghai Masters: Nadal, Federer eye quarter-final berths

13 Octubre 2017, 04:52 | Gerardo Tarin

Nadal was way too good for Nick Kyrgios in the final. Image Getty

Nadal was way too good for Nick Kyrgios in the final. Image Getty

Bulgarian sixth seed Grigor Dimitrov, who saved match points on Wednesday against Ryan Harrison, had a more comfortable day as he beat American 10th seed Sam Querrey 6-3, 7-6 (7/3).

I have probably one of the toughest opponents that you can have to achieve that thing, and especially in this part of the season.

Federer had won all four of his previous matches against Dolgopolov and his perfect record against the Ukrainian was never really under threat. The Spaniard player was very satisfied with his performance and his 13th win in a row.

"I'm playing just the big tournaments now", Federer said. This is a player that is full of excitement and experience so he will need to put that all to use if he is to make it to the next round of the tournament in Shanghai. After losing the tiebreaker 7-6 (5), Kyrgios shook hands with Johnson at the net and then with the chair umpire before packing his bags and walking off court.

Federer begins his Shanghai campaign the winner of the opening round clash between Australia's Jordan Thompson and Argentina's Diego Schwartzman.

After wasting three break chances, Federer eventually converted one to move ahead, only for Schwartzman to hit straight back - the Swiss uncharacteristically firing a forehand long. The Swiss maestro led 4-2 in the first set but surrendered that lead to end up fighting it out in a tie-breaker.

He then sealed the win on his first match point.

Last year, Kyrgios was suspended by the men's tour for tanking a match and insulting fans following a second-round loss to German qualifier Mischa Zverev at the Shanghai Masters.

The 36-year-old returned to action in June when the grass court season began at the Eastbourne Open and went on to win further titles at Halle and a record eighth Wimbledon title. "So for him to go to Beijing and win it right away, I expected him to pull out, to be honest".

That's a significant mental hurdle for any player to clear in this ultra-conservative era, when the emphasis is on consistent play.

He now has 93 singles titles, just one shy of overtaking Ivan Lendl for second-most in the Open era. Wu surprised Chardy 7-6 (2), 6-2.

Richard Gasquet and Albert Ramos-Vinolas also reached the quarter-finals by beating Gilles Simon and Jan-Lennard Struff respectively.

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