Juan Martin del Potro battles past Alexander Zverev at Shanghai Masters

The British No 2 is struggling with a right knee injury and was forced to retire early

The British No 2 is struggling with a right knee injury and was forced to retire early

Juan Martin del Potro showed his fighting spirit once again as he battled back from a set down to dump world No. 4 Alexander Zverev out of the Shanghai Masters.

"For me, it's impossible to lose a match when I've only been broken one time", Zverev said.

The 6th seed Grigor Dimitrov never passed the second round here in Shanghai before and he is now the quarter-finalist, after a 6-3 7-6 triumph against Sam Querrey in 80 minutes. "I was feeling good the whole match, even coming out of the first set, which he was playing well".

Dimitrov, chasing a spot at the season-ending ATP Finals in London, beat American Sam Querrey to set up a Chinese reunion with Nadal.

However, the 16th seed outlasted 20-year-old Zverev in the second-set tie-break to take it to a decider. "The game where he broke me I was up 40-15 and I was just unfocused there". This was their third meeting and the third win for Bulgarian, who saved 2 out of 3 break points and scored 2 breaks to close the match in straight sets.

"Right now I'm very pissed off, as you can probably tell", said Zverev afterwards, having smashed the racquet on the court, then trodden on it, and brutalised it further as he stomped back to his chair.

Del Potro knew Zverev's reaction to losing serve was likely a good omen.

"Remember when Roger (Federer) was young?"

In other third-round action, Spain's Albert Ramos Vinolas stopped German Jan-Lennard Struff 7-6 (7-4) 6-4.

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