Federer battles, Djokovic cruises, del Potro out in Shanghai

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 world No 2 will tackle Kei Nishikori in the last eight after the eighth seed came through against American big-hitter Sam Querrey 7-6 (9-7) 6-4. Nevertheless, the top seed insisted he was content with how he's playing.

Federer defeated Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain 6-3, 2-6, 6-4, a day after being taken the distance by Daniil Medvedev of Russian Federation.

Bautista Agut, a finalist here in 2016, finally offered Federer an opening to take control by surrendering his serve in the ninth game of the third set.

"In the third set it was just hard, so I'm happy I got through somehow".

Djokovic enjoyed a measure of revenge as he booked his spot in the Shanghai Masters quarter-finals with a comfortable 6-4 6-0 victory against Marco Cecchinato.

"I thought it was a tough match", Federer told Sky Sports.

Novak Djokovic cruised through his second-round match, but Juan Martin del Potro had to retire after hurting his right knee in a fall.

A Masters event is a level below a Grand Slam, but Djokovic was rapt to crush Cecchinato.

"It's very important I won today after Beijing because it gives me a lot of confidence for a big match that I have", Basilashvili said. "I did everything that I needed to win". I was really pleased with the way I was holding my serve and the second set was flawless. The Serb is on a 15-match winning streak, which includes title runs at Cincinnati and the U.S. Open.

Anderson has a 1-6 losing head-to-head record against Djokovic, with their most recent ATP meeting coming in the Wimbledon final when Djokovic won in straight sets. He beat the Croatian 6-4 6-3 6-1 in the US Open fourth round last month.

The Yorkshireman is yet to drop a set in Shanghai and defeated Chile's Nicolas Jarry 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 to set up a tie with the world No. 5.

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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