Shanghai: Cilic, del Potro into last 16

Published by Matt Trollope

Marin Cilic was one of the first players through to the third round in Shanghai; Getty Images
Marin Cilic and Juan Martin del Potro were the biggest winners on Tuesday in Shanghai as some mouthwatering potential match-ups in the last 16 begin to take shape.

Marin Cilic and Juan Martin del Potro were among the more prominent names sealing their spots in the third round at the Shanghai Masters on Tuesday.

No.4 seed Cilic was the highest seed in action, advancing to the third round with a straight sets win over young Brit Kyle Edmund.

The 6-3 7-6(5) victory sets up a meeting with either Steve Johnson of the US or China’s Wu Di; Johnson got past Nick Kyrgios in the first round after the Aussie controversially quit after dropping the first set.

It was unclear exactly why Kyrgios retired – he later cited illness and a sore shoulder – but the fans certainly made their displeasure known.

Del Potro, meanwhile, brushed aside young gun Andrey Rublev for the loss of just seven games.

In a far simpler outing than his first-round struggle, del Potro set up a potential clash with third seed Alexander Zverev, if the German can get past Aljaz Bedene.

RELATED: del Potro survives, young guns thrive in Shanghai

In other second-round results, Fabio Fognini overcame 15th seed Lucas Pouille 7-6(7) 6-3 and could next face top seed Rafael Nadal – a player against whom he has historically performed well.

Nadal opens his Shanghai campaign against American Jared Donaldson.

Richard Gasquet and Albert Ramos-Vinolas were the other players cementing a third-round spot; Ramos-Vinolas did so with a 7-5 7-5 win over No.7 seed Pablo Carreno Busta in an all-Spanish affair.

In first-round action, seeds Sam Querrey (10), Kevin Anderson (11) and John Isner (12) all got off to winning starts at the Masters 1000 event.

No.14 seed Jack Sock wasn’t so lucky, retiring due to dehydration when trailing qualifier Alexandr Dolgopolov 2-1 in the third set.

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