Del Potro beats Zverev to enter Shanghai Masters quarters

Del Potro beats Zverev to enter Shanghai Masters quarters

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.

The 20-year-old Zverev, who has collected 5 ATP World Tour titles this season, lost his temper when broken by the Argentine at 2-2 in the decider and flung his racquet down to the ground, reports Xinhua news agency.

Del Potro dropped his opening service game of the match as Zverev took the first set comfortably in just 26 minutes.

At the start of this week in Shanghai, Del Potro was placed 25th in the race to London despite reaching the US Open semi-finals, knocking out Roger Federer at the quarter-final stage. "I was feeling good the whole match, even coming out of the first set, which he was playing well".

"Those are the matches I really want to win", Dimitrov said.

Del Potro, a 2013 Shanghai finalist, was aware he made a likely permanent impact by breaking Zverev's serve. "The game where he broke me I was up 40-15 and I was just unfocused there".

"I saw his frustration, for sure", he said.

Earlier, sixth-seeded Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria got past Sam Querrey of the US 6-3, 7-6 (3) in the round of 16.

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