Medvedev struggles over qualifier to reach Shanghai quarters

Russia's Daniil Medvedev in action against Canada's Vasek Pospisil in Shanghai, China, on Thursday. — Reuters

SHANGHAI — US Open finalist Daniil Medvedev saved five first-set points as he struggled into the Shanghai Masters quarter-finals with victory over 248th-ranked Vasek Pospisil on Thursday.

The fourth-ranked Russian is in the form of his young career but suffered an almighty scare against the Canadian qualifier before squeezing through 7-6 (9/7), 7-5.

The 23-year-old Medvedev plays Italian firebrand Fabio Fognini in the last eight. — AFP