Nadal, Federer eye quarter-final berths — Shanghai Masters

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Rafael Nadal advanced to the third round of the 2017 Shanghai Rolex Masters after demolishing Jared Donaldson in straight sets 6-2, 6-1 on Wednesday. Three successive holds to 15 from the Ukrainian sharpened Federer's focus and it wasn't until the tenth game - with the Swiss serving for the set - where Dolgopolov began to pressure Federer's deal.

After Chardy's compatriot Gilles Simon beat 17-year-old Wu Yibing in the Hangzhou sensation's Masters debut on Sunday, the home crowd was hoping for some good news - and Wu Di duly delivered.

On the other hand, Fabio Fognini will not be overjoyed that he has to player Nadal this early in the tournament but he will hope that has what it takes to cause an upset. It helped me that he made some double faults, two double faults. "Novak [Djokovic] doesn't. I think I'll stick to the baseline'".

However, some of his fans said they were worried that the 19-time Grand Slam winner appeared to be having almost too much fun. "I think that could've been the hottest match I played all year".

Playing under the roof at the Qizhong Stadium, Donaldson held his own for the opening four games but soon fell away, with Nadal at his ruthless best. But remain work to do. "I won today so I did everything good".

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Former US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina won the match of the day by stopping third seed Alexander Zverev of Germany, recovering from losing the opener to win 3-6, 7-6 (7/5), 6-4. I really felt that he was confident. "You could see he was taking the right decisions on his groundstrokes".

Second seed Roger Federer plays Ukraine's Alexandr Dolgopolov later on Thursday.

He now has 93 singles titles, just one shy of overtaking Ivan Lendl for second-most in the Open era. "This is something that is either going to happen or not going to happen", he said. Always the first match, as I say before, is difficult and the transition is not easy. I had a pretty decent return.

"Every point, you have to be ready". During the tiebreaker, he was docked a point for inappropriate language. "I was even a bit surprised clinching match point". "That only came by me winning the Australian, Indian Wells and Miami". Wu surprised Chardy 7-6 (2), 6-2.

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