Shanghai Masters: Fognini beats Murray in three bruising sets

Roger Federer would have won 3-4 French Opens without Nadal- Annacone

"Mate, you do the same in every match, it doesn't matter who you're playing", he told Fognini. The French Open champion traded breaks of serve in the third set before scraping past her Dutch opponent 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7).

In truth, Thiem showed his class earlier in the week, too, as he despatched old adversary Andy Murray with a series of outstanding rallies ending in the Austrian's favour.

"It's going to be a tough one, but I have a great game and I think I have a chance to beat him", he said.

"To play him again in the same circumstances basically I knew could be risky, and that's why I'm very pleased with how I was able to control the match out there today".

"Fabio wanted to engage with me and I probably shouldn't have done".

"It sounds silly to say, but I hope everyone all around the world realises just how good you are", Millman said. I didn't go for insane shots or insane targets. "It's true that there are new players coming and in the next two or three years, we will definitely see new number ones".

He said: "I$3 had a really good first set".

Similarly to Federer, third seed Daniil Medvedev of Russian Federation never offered his opponent, British qualifier Cameron Norrie, a break point opportunity in securing a 6-3, 6-1 second-round win in 54-minutes. "It was my first match here in Shanghai after having a few weeks off, so I was a little bit stressed about how my level would be". I arrived quite early in Shanghai to get used to the conditions, to the jet lag and everything.

The 2019 ATP China Open semi-finals are on Saturday, October 5 with some of the top men's players in action on the day.

And with one hour on the clock, the first set was deep into a tie-break through a seesawing drama that had it all.

Fellow Canadian Vasek Pospisil upset 14th-seeded Diego Schwartzman of Argentina 7-6 (2), 6-2 in another first-round match.

Two Americans - 16th-seeded John Isner and Reilly Opelka - are through to the second round.

The former No. 1 defeated Juan Ignacio Londero 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 for his fifth tour-level victory since undergoing right hip surgery in January.