Rafael Nadal of Spain hits a return during his men's third round singles match against Fabio Fognini of Italy at the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament in Shanghai on October 12, 2017. / AFP / NICOLAS ASFOURI
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Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer breezed into the quarterfinals of the Shanghai Masters Thursday and Juan Martin del Potro defeated racket-smashing Alexander Zverev.Timeless rival Federer was even faster, dismissing Ukrainian qualifier Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-4, 6-2 in 61 minutes.Federer, the Swiss world No. 2, plays Richard Gasquet in the last eight Friday after Gasquet outlasted fellow Frenchman Gilles Simon in a marathon three-setter.Gutsy Del Potro recovered from a set down to win 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4 against rising star Zverev and will play Serbia's Viktor Troicki, after he beat John Isner in the final match of the day.The talented 20-year-old Zverev was going after his sixth title of a breakthrough season and was comfortable in the first set against Argentine Del Potro, the 2009 U.S. Open champion and 16th seed.
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