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Federer does family proud to battle into Shanghai quarters

AFP  |  Shanghai 

said that he did not want to lose in front of his young family as he was pushed all the way for the second match in a row at the Masters on Thursday.

The reigning champion squeezed into the quarter-finals after eventually defeating the 28th-ranked Spaniard 6-3, 2-6, 6-4.

The top seed will play Japan's eighth seed Kei Nishikori, while and are also through, albeit with far less hassle.

The 37-year-old Swiss great was forced to fight in his opening match on Wednesday against Russia's

Normal order appeared to have been restored when the 20-time Grand Slam champion comfortably claimed the first set against

But the Spaniard earned a piece of personal history after that, winning the second set -- the first time he had taken a set against the Swiss maestro.

The 30-year-old had the whiff of an upset in his nostrils and the prospect of a first victory over the Swiss at the eighth attempt.

But in the ninth game of the deciding set, Federer made the breakthrough on his opponent's serve, pumping his fist as another hard-won victory loomed into view.

Federer's wife and their four children were in the arena and he said afterwards: "I'm not sure if they give me more courage fighting on court, but they were here today.

"I was telling myself, particularly tonight I cannot do this (lose) because they were there, but I don't know how much I draw from that, quite honestly." Federer said that two stern encounters had set him up nicely for Nishikori on Friday.

"I hope it's going to help me that I played against Medvedev and also Bautista Agut, two really good baseliners.

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


One who will not be in the quarter-finals is after he hobbled out of the tournament.

The Argentine world number four, who had already been suffering with a virus, lost his footing at 5-5 in the first set against Croatia's

The 30-year-old Del Potro had lengthy treatment and strapping put on his knee, but conceded the match after losing the first set 7-5.

Coric, the 13th seed, faces Australia's unseeded next Second seed Djokovic enjoyed a measure of revenge as he booked his spot in the quarter-finals with a 6-4, 6-0 demolition of

The Serbian was stunned by the Italian -- ranked 72 in the world at the time -- in quarter-finals earlier this year.

It was part of a wretched run of form Djokovic suffered after in February.

But he exploded back to life mid-season, winning Wimbledon, the Masters and

The 31-year-old says he is back close to the kind of blistering form that has brought him 14 Grand Slams.

Djokovic will play South Africa's seventh seed and said he was arrowing in on Rafael Nadal's top ranking. The Spaniard is not in due to

"Obviously, I'm going to try to do everything I can to get to number one," said Djokovic.

"That's one of the -- probably the -- biggest goal of the end of the season." Rising star Zverev was similarly emphatic as he brushed aside Australian teenager Alex de Minaur, 6-1, 6-4.

The German fourth seed will next play 11th seed

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First Published: Thu, October 11 2018. 21:21 IST