Alexander Zverev and Grigor Dimitrov advance at Shanghai Masters

Alexander Zverev 'I am sure the breakthrough will come'

Last week in Beijing, Bedene lost the first 10 games against Roberto Bautista Agut before calling it quits.

Sixth-seeded Grigor Dimitrov also advanced, but had to save three match points before beating Ryan Harrison 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (6).

"I think he played a great match, maybe one of the best of the season", Zverev said.

Federer will play Richard Gasquet in the quarterfinals.

The 28-year-old, ranked 50th in the world, lost the first set 6-0 to the fifth seed, and was trailing 4-0 in the second when he decided not to continue.

But Del Potro levelled by taking the second set on a tie-brack, and when the 29-year-old secured a break of serve in the decider the red midst descended on Zverev.

A fan at least came away with a demolished racquet for a souvenir after the young German handed it to a spectator. I said to me, Okay, you're playing good.

Zverev, 20, has already qualified for the ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 next month but is yet to decide if he will play in the NextGen Finals in Milan, the new ATP tournament featuring the world's top 21-and-under singles players across the ATP World Tour season.

Del Potro, pushed to the brink of retirement by four wrist surgeries that saw his ranking slip as low as 1,045 at one point in his career, said Zverev would learn.

Fourth seed Marin Cilic of Croatia and Spain's Albert Ramos-Vinolas go head to head in the other quarterfinal.

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