"I still think we are doing actually very well in our sport, and we have to maintain that, you know, the integrity and the way we treat each other, because it is a classy sport, tennis", Federer said at a press conference here, where he is seeking to win his 3rd Shanghai Masters title. He went up a break at the start of the second set, but then trailed 4-1 in the tiebreaker. "I like this part of the season", said Federer.
Novak Djokovic, the hottest player on the men's tour in the second half of the year, never faced a break point in putting away Jeremy Chardy of France 6-3, 7-5 at the Shanghai Masters on Tuesday. "I had only one day to get used to it, so I was not in my best shape today". "I wasn't, I feel like, playing as well as I'm playing today". "I played a solid match".
Federer was given a much tougher test by Roberto Bautista Agut, although the top-seeded Swiss ace may only have himself to blame for a dip in concentration.
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 Borna Coric. "I played a solid match".
"There were no negatives, so you don't want to have them leave feeling like, oh my god, like I was not appreciated or I was not liked or it was actually a awful thing, you know?"
But he exploded back to life mid-season, winning Wimbledon, the Cincinnati Masters and US Open. "I was aggressive when I needed to be".
Zverev will qualify for the season-ending tournament in London if he reaches the semi-finals this week and he remains on course to do just that after seeing off Basilashvili 7-5 6-4.
Zverev, who improved to 4-0 against Edmund, saved the one break point he faced and took advantage of the two break points he earned.
The world No 2 will tackle Kei Nishikori in the last eight after the eighth seed came through against American big-hitter Sam Querrey 7-6 (9-7) 6-4.
He moves on to face Anderson, who neutralised the threat of Greek young gun Stefanos Tsitsipas with aplomb to wrap up a 6-4, 7-6 (7/1) victory.
Fourth seed Alexander Zverev also barrelled into the quarters with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Alex de Minaur.
HONG KONG (AFP-Jiji) - Li Na's shining example and the explosion of tournaments in China after her Grand Slam wins has triggered the emergence of a new generation of Chinese players, the country's top two women have said.