Switzerland's Roger Federer hits a return against Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut during their men's singles third round match at the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament on October 11, 2018. / AFP / WANG ZHAO
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Roger Federer 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 Shanghai Masters Thursday.The top seed will play Japan's eighth seed Kei Nishikori, while Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev are also through, albeit with far less hassle.Normal order appeared to have been restored when the 20-time Grand Slam champion comfortably claimed the first set against Bautista Agut.Federer said that two stern encounters had set him up nicely for Nishikori Friday.One player who will not be in the quarterfinals is Juan Martin del Potro after he had hobbled out of the tournament.Djokovic will play South Africa's seventh seed Kevin Anderson and said he was arrowing in on Rafael Nadal's top ranking.
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