Federer pushed all the way by Medvedev, Zverev on course for London

Matthew Ebden secured victory in his first meeting against Dominic Thiem

Federer, who was uncharacteristically flustered at times, said he was pleased with his performance, but admitted it had been a nervy one.

The 21-year-old Zverev fought off a cold - he has had a sore throat and blocked nose for a few days - and the raw power of Basilashvili, winning 7-5, 6-4. "Probably the hardest-hitting player I have ever played against".

Medvedev, on the other hand, is also on a roll having recently clinched the Japan Open trophy after registering a stunning victory over home favourite Kei Nishikori. "I served, I think, 80 percent in that second set and got broken twice". Federer will next face Roberto Bautista Agut.

That's while, Juan Martin del Potro also progressed to the 3rd round of the Shanghai Masters after defeating Richard Gasquet in straight sets.

The Argentine will next face Croatia's Borna Coric.

Then a game later, he played another very poor game to gift the set to an ailing Del Potro 7-5.

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".

Thiem has played in Shanghai four times and has never advanced to the third round. I did everything that I needed to win.

The 16th seed will have to raise his game against Djokovic, who was fuming after suffering a shock loss to the Palermo native in the quarter-finals of the French Open in June.

The Swiss looks some way short of his best form and for the second match in a row dropped a set. The Serb is on a 15-match winning streak, which includes title runs at Cincinnati and the U.S. Open.

The 37-year-old Swiss served out the match in just under two hours to keep hopes of a third Shanghai title alive.

In the breaker, it was Gasquet who was more solid of the two as he pushed a struggling Del Potro into long rallies, making him bail out of rallies and took a comfortable 6-2 lead.

Anderson ousted 10th-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece 6-4, 7-6 (1).

Fifth-seeded Marin Cilic became the highest seed toppled in Shanghai when 48th-ranked Nicolas Jarry of Chile rebounded for a 2-6, 7-6 (6), 7-5 second-round win.

He will face the young, Aussie No. 1 Alex De Minaur who defeated the flamboyant Frenchman Benoit Paire easily in straight, 6-4, 6-3 sets.

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