Federer eases into Shanghai quarter-finals

Roger Federer (AFP file) outclassed Ukrainian qualifier Alexander Dolgopolov to advance to the quarterfinals of the Shanghai Masters.

SHANGHAI, China — 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.

–Agence France-Presse