Federer: "I Like This Part Of The Season"

Tanya Simon
October 13, 2018

Roger Federer defeated Roberto Bautista Agut in three sets, 6-3 2-6 6-4, after two hours to reach the Shanghai Rolex Masters quarter-finals and book an interesting clash against the Japanese player Kei Nishikori.

Briton Kyle Edmund, who moved to a career-high ranking of 14 this week, continued his impressive run in Asia with a 7-5 6-3 win over Serbia's Filip Krajinovic.

But the world number three exploded back to life in the northern hemisphere summer, winning Wimbledon, the Cincinnati Masters and US Open.

Between coughs at his post-match press conference, Del Potro said: "It wasn't easy to play for me today, I did what I can".

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

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.

Third seed Del Potro won four straight games from 3-5 down in the opening set before recovering from 2-6 deficit in the second set tiebreak to set up a third round meeting with Croatian Borna Coric.

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Nevertheless, the top seed insisted he was content with how he's playing.

Torrential downpours delayed the start of play by more than four hours and the world number 13 did not come out on court until 10.21pm, but said she had remained focused on the game during the extended build-up. "Bautista really had to raise his level of play in that second set to stay with me". That was probably the first time in the whole season that I felt that way.

In the decider, Federer stared down a break point in just the second game, but from then on, showed some great net play to hold and then earn himself a break point, the very next game.

The Spaniard folded at the end of a 27-shot rally to surrender the first break of the match to the world No. 2, who soon wrapped up the first set. "So, I feel like there is still a lot more to play for".

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

Not so Federer, it seems, who is seven years older than the Argentine.

"You don't want to have them leaving with feeling, oh my God, I was not appreciated or I was not liked or it was a awful thing".

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