No.1 seed Rafael Nadal breezed through to the third round of the Shanghai Rolex Masters with a dominant display against Jared Donaldson on Wednesday.
He was joined in the last 16 by second seed Roger Federer, who navigated the tricky test posed by in-form Argentine Diego Schwartzman.
Alexander Zverev made it a perfect day for the top three seeds after he got past an injured Aljaz Bedene to set up a blockbuster third-round showdown with Juan Martin del Potro.
Nadal needed just 54 minutes to see off the young American, romping to a 6-2 6-1 win.
Awaiting the Spaniard is Fabio Fognini, a player who has enjoyed success against Nadal – but not since 2015.
“It was a very quick match in all aspects,” Nadal said.
“I was happy to get that break in the 3-2 in the sixth game (of the first set). It helped me that he made some double faults, two double faults. Then I played some good points, I think.
“After that I think I played a great match. Not many mistakes.”
Federer was forced to work harder against Schwartzman, requiring one hour and 33 minutes to progress. The Swiss landed 14 aces as he set up a third-round meeting with Ukrainian qualifier Alexandr Dolgopolov.
“I think I served well. I had good concentration. Had good energy, as well, which I think is always important early on in a tournament,” Federer said.
The most notable upset of the day was Dominic Thiem’s three-set loss to Viktor Troicki.
The fifth seed’s 6-3 3-6 7-6(5) loss to the Serb was his third straight, and sees him finish the Asian swing with a forgettable 0-3 record.
Also exiting was No.8 seed David Goffin; the Shenzhen and Tokyo champion’s nine-match winning streak was snapped by Gilles Simon, who won their second-round match 7-6(4) 6-3.
In another big result, Grigor Dimitrov saved three match points to oust Ryan Harrison 3-6 6-3 7-6(6).
Dimitrov will next face another American, Sam Querrey, who beat Frances Tiafoe in straight sets.
29 November 2017
This just might be the hardest tennis quiz of all time -- and we guarantee you won't get 2... More
Think the tennis world slows down once the last ball of the 2017 season is hit?You'd be wr... More
13 December 2017
Tennis, for a time, wasn't exactly kind to Robin Soderling.From 2008 to 2011, he was among... More