Wednesday, 17 October, 2018

Del Potro, Zverev overcome colds to win at Shanghai Masters

Novak Djokovic warns Rafael Nadal 'Year-End No.1 is one of ultimate goals' Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic remain on course for Shanghai Masters showdown
Sidney Guerrero | 13 October, 2018, 18:32

"In the third set I really started to figure it out", said Federer, who was roared on by a band of fanatical fans decked out in red tops.

"How aggressive or how tactical I wanted to make the match, and by trying everything, I found a solution at the end".

Fourth-ranked Juan Martin del Potro, Alexander Zverev and Kei Nishikori all join Federer today in action. "I did what I can".

"I'm very grateful to play on a high level", Djokovic said.

"I don't care how good a tennis player you are but this type of behaviour needs to STOP", tweeted Anne Keothavong, Britain's Fed Cup captain.

"I got lucky that I won, but tomorrow will be a different day".

The fourth-seeded Zverev was also struggling with a cold, but he beat Nicoloz Basilashvili 7-5, 6-4.

Novak Djokovic stepped up his bid to dethrone Rafael Nadal from the top of the world rankings with a 6-3 7-5 win over Frenchman Jeremy Chardy in the second round of the Shanghai Masters on Tuesday. "So, I feel like there is still a lot more to play for".

Washington: Health officials investigate five possible acute flaccid myelitis cases
The polio-like illness is not new but there has been an increase in cases this year with at least eight reported in Texas . AFM is rare - fewer than 1 in a million people are affected in the US each year - and it mostly occurs in children.

"He knows how to play, definitely".

"I'm in Asia, of course I want to play tennis here, but I don't want to put at risk my health also".

The Argentine world number four lost Sunday's final of the China Open in Beijing to unseeded Nikoloz Basilashvili and afterwards revealed that he had been unwell. Lendl flew back to the United States to have wrist surgery, which Zverev said was caused by playing too much golf.

The tennis season reaches its climax with the ATP World Tour finals in November.

Wimbledon finalist Kevin Anderson cruised to victory against Mikhail Kukushkin, winning 6-3 6-2 in just 64 minutes and will play Stefanos Tsitsipas after the Greek saved three set points in the second-set tie-break en route to a 6-4 7-6 (10/8) win over Karen Khachanov.

"We played here previous year and it was the place I got my first ATP win", Tsitsipas said.

"There were no negatives, so you don't want to have them leave feeling like, oh my god, like I was not appreciated or I was not liked or it was actually a frightful thing, you know?"

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.

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