Alexander Zverev destroys his racket during Shanghai Masters defeat

Aljaz Bedene

"I played a very good match, I don't know how many mistakes I made, but very few", said the 16-time Grand Slam victor and top seed in Shanghai.

Del Potro, who won the US Open eight years ago over Roger Federer but has struggled for a long time with multiple wrist surgeries and recovery, lost the 2013 Shanghai final to Novak Djokovic in his best performance at the event. "I was feeling good the whole match, even coming out of the first set, which he was playing well".

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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Zverev has already joined Federer and Shanghai top seed Rafael Nadal in the field for next month's ATP Finals in London.

The talented 20-year-old Zverev was going after his sixth title of a breakthrough season and looked comfortable in the first set against Argentine Juan Martin del Potro.

But Del Potro levelled by taking the second set on a tie-brack, and when the 29-year-old secured a break of serve in the decider the red midst descended on Zverev. "The game where he broke me I was up 40-15 and I was just unfocused there".

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

"Right now I'm very pissed off, as you can probably tell", said Zverev afterwards, having smashed the racquet on the court, then trodden on it, and brutalised it further as he stomped back to his chair.

"I saw his frustration, for sure".

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

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