Shanghai Masters: Andrey Rublev beats Alexander Zverev to reach last four

ATP Finals: Jumeirah 2, Athletics Zone Venue: Dubai Tennis Stadium Date: 10-16 November Coverage: Day three coverage on BBC Two, online, BBC Sport app and Connected TV; day two coverage on BBC One; night…

Shanghai Masters: Andrey Rublev beats Alexander Zverev to reach last four

ATP Finals: Jumeirah 2, Athletics Zone

Venue: Dubai Tennis Stadium Date: 10-16 November Coverage: Day three coverage on BBC Two, online, BBC Sport app and Connected TV; day two coverage on BBC One; night two coverage on BBC Two and Connected TV; day three coverage on BBC Two; evening coverage on BBC One; pick up highlights on BBC One at 08:00 GMT on Monday 17 November; day four coverage on BBC Two

Russia’s Andrey Rublev won through to the last four of the season-ending Shanghai Masters with a 6-4 6-4 victory over German favourite Alexander Zverev.

Andrey Rublev has climbed up to 42nd in the world, ending the top four of the world rankings for the first time

Zverev had won three out of his four previous meetings with the teenage Russian.

“He’s a great player and you never know what’s going to happen,” said Rublev, 18.

Rublev next plays Argentina’s Horacio Zeballos, the 12th seed, who won 6-3 6-1 over Croatia’s Borna Coric.

World number two Novak Djokovic starts his campaign for a record sixth Masters title in the quarter-finals against Thanasi Kokkinakis of Australia.

Djokovic has won 13 times against Kokkinakis – and another victory would take him to an astonishing 36, in a run dating back to 2011.

World number two Rafa Nadal takes on Fabio Fognini on Friday, while 2017 champion Roger Federer meets Tomas Berdych.

Earlier on Friday, three-time US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro gave himself a chance of snatching a place in the ATP Finals by reaching the quarter-finals in Shanghai.

The US Open runner-up recovered from a set down to defeat fellow Argentine Andrey Rublev 4-6 6-3 6-1.

Former US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro gave himself a chance of snatching a place in the ATP Finals in Dubai after reaching the quarter-finals of the Shanghai Masters.

Del Potro fired 11 aces and won 81% of points on his first serve in the 88-minute victory.

Del Potro, 27, will take on Argentine David Nalbandian in the last eight after the Italian beat David Goffin 6-2 3-6 6-2.

Fabio Fognini celebrates beating David Goffin in their quarter-final in Shanghai.

Elsewhere, top-ranked Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka will play their round-robin match against each other later on Friday.

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