De Minaur no match for Zverev in Shanghai

Tanya Simon
October 13, 2018

British number one Kyle Edmund went through to the quarter-finals of the Shanghai Masters with victory over Chile's Nicolas Jarry 7-6 (7-5) 6-3.

On Wednesday, Alexander Zverev put an end to Nikoloz Basilashvili's six-match win streak in Asia.

The two-time ATP World Tour finalist, now 26-24 on the year, is a contender to qualify for the 2018 Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan from 6-10 November.

Zverev eased past Alex De Minaur 6-1 6-4 to book that last-eight meeting with British hope Edmund.

Despite suffering from a cold, the fourth-seeded German produced a hard-fought win over Nicoloz Basilashvili - and he didn't hide his joy.

Zverev started the match strongly but was aided by De Minaur who produced several uncharacteristic errors to surrender the first set in quick time.

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During the match, Zverev ran towards the front court and hit a backhand victor upon which he let off an intense roar and a fist pump celebration.

The 21-year-old suffered an early exit last week at the China Open in Beijing, where Georgia's Basilashvili beat Juan Martin del Potro for just his second ATP title on Sunday. But I think I played with all my strength in the important moment of the match.

Zverev is playing in Shanghai without his coach, Ivan Lendl, who was in Beijing last week.

In an interview, Swiss Tennis legend Roger Federer had said that the ball boys and ball girls need to be respected by players.

"I would love to feel better", he added.

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