Novak Djokovic confesses to nerves in Marco Cecchinato rematch — ATP Shanghai

Rex Christensen
October 11, 2018

Djokovic will play South Africa's seventh seed Kevin Anderson.

Earlier, French qualifier Benoit Paire upset 15th-seeded Pablo Carreno Busta 6-3, 6-4.

"Probably the hardest-hitting player I have ever played against", said Zverev.

Djokovic's second-round victory improved his ideal record against the 41st-ranked Chardy to 12-0 in matches played, and 28-0 in sets won. "I served, I think, 80 percent in that second set and got broken twice".

On Sunday, Basilashvili upset fourth-seeded Juan Martin del Potro in the final in Beijing.

Federer led Bautista Agut by a set and a service break when he became entangled in a fight that lasted until the second-to-last game of the third set. He will next face Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut, who beat American Mackenzie McDonald 3-6 6-4 6-1. Nishikori ousted Sam Querrey 7-6 (7), 6-4 on Thursday. Del Potro had the knee wrapped but called it quits after losing the first set 7-5.

Anderson will now play Serbian second seed Novak Djokovic for a spot in the last four.

A Masters event is a level below a Grand Slam, but Djokovic was rapt to crush Cecchinato.

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"It was a very good week for me in Beijing", Basilashvili said. "I did everything that I needed to win".

"The key [to the second-round victory] was in the second set when I had a bit more calm and patience to the exchanges".

Since Djokovic lost that French Open match to Cecchinato, he's won 28 of his 30 matches.

The 37-year-old Swiss served out the match in just under two hours to keep hopes of a third Shanghai title alive. Djokovic defeated Anderson in straight sets in the Wimbledon final in July.

World number seven Dominic Thiem's bid to qualify for the next month's ATP World Tour Finals suffered a blow as he was edged out 6-4 6-7 (8) 7-6 (4) by Australian Matthew Ebden.

Germany's Zverev was in ruthless form as he dispatched Australia's Alex De Minaur 6-1 6-4.

Briton Kyle Edmund, who moved to a career-high ranking of 14 this week, continued his impressive run in Asia with a 7-5 6-3 win over Serbia's Filip Krajinovic.

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