Federer, del Potro, Zverev all win at Shanghai Masters - USA

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Federer, who is defending his title in Shanghai, will play his second round match on Wednesday, against the victor of the match between Russia's Daniil Medvedev and China's Ze Zhang.

"I was able to mix it up". And what looked like a stern test for Federer on paper proved to be exactly that in reality as the Swiss was taken the distance before his opponent ultimately crumbled at the crucial juncture late in the third set.

"From that standpoint, I feel like I found a rhythm".

The Argentine faced a good performance by Gasquet, but managed to win the 1st set 7-5.

Third-seeded Del Potro, who has been playing with a cold throughout the week, was playing Borna Coric when he fell near the end of the first set. "I did what I can".

"I was telling myself, particularly tonight I can not do this (lose) because they were there, but I don't know how much I draw from that, quite honestly". "I think I can be very happy with my level of play this week".

The 26-year-old Basilashvili next has another upset in his sights when he plays fourth seed Alexander Zverev in the second round.

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

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Rising star Zverev was similarly emphatic as he brushed aside Australian teenager Alex de Minaur, 6-1, 6-4.

The German revealed he is feeling under the weather in China, but Basilashvili was unable to take advantage after a surprise win over Del Potro secured him the China Open title on Sunday.

Tennis players need to respect ball boys and ball girls, Roger Federer said in the wake of a row following Fernando Verdasco's rant over a sweaty towel.

But he has burst back to form and fitness since the summer, winning Wimbledon, the US Open and the Masters 1000 Cincinnati in a terrific run, and says he is back close to his best.

"He knows how to play, definitely". Lendl flew back to the United States to have wrist surgery, which Zverev said was caused by playing too much golf.

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. Buy Your London Tickets "I$3 have had also some rest after the US Open", said Federer.

"I have given everything I had in today's match", said Zhang. "I played a solid match".

Zverev is the fifth player to qualify for the season-ending tournament in London, joining Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro in the eight-player field.

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