Federer eases into Shanghai quarter-finals

Roger Federer hits a return during the men's singles match against Alexandr Dolgopolov at the Shanghai Masters on October 12, 2017

Roger Federer avoided a potential banana skin in outclassing the Ukrainian qualifier Alexandr Dolgopolov to reach the quarter-finals of the Shanghai Masters on Thursday.

The Swiss legend looked rusty in his opener on Wednesday but was closer to his fluent best as he swatted away Dolgopolov 6-4, 6-2 in a swift 61 minutes on court.

The 36-year-old Federer, the second seed, plays either of the Frenchmen Gilles Simon or Richard Gasquet next.