Zverev attempts to explain Shanghai exit

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And he underlined his status as the man to beat in Shanghai as he battered the Italian Fognini 6-3, 6-1.

Del Potro will John Isner of the US or Viktor Troicki of Serbia in the last eight on Friday.

In the quarterfinals, Nadal will play sixth-seeded Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria, who got past Sam Querrey of the USA 6-3, 7-6 (3).

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However, there is a determined look in the eye of the 29-year-old and a first title of the year would send him soaring up to 12th.

The 46th-ranked Harrison led 4-2 in the third set and then 6-3 in the tiebreaker.

Third seed Zverev was a different matter, though, and, after losing the first four games, Bedene accepted he would not be able to compete and shook hands.

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It was del Potro's only break of serve for the match as the world No.23 held strong to close out the match five games later.

A fan at least came away with a demolished racquet for a souvenir after the young German handed it to a spectator.

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. "I'm a bit pissed off because I feel like I played well and that's the upsetting part of it - I could have done great in this tournament".

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Fourth-seeded Marin Cilic will face Albert Ramos-Vinolas of Spain.

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