Ebden into Shanghai Masters quarterfinals
Matt Ebden's stellar run at the ATP Masters tournament in Shanghai has continued, with the West Australian beating Peter Gojowczyk to reach the last eight.
Matt Ebden has a golden opportunity to become Australian No.1 after progressing to the quarterfinals of the Shanghai Masters.
Ebden won through to the last eight with a 6-2 6-3 win over Peter Gojowczyk on Thursday and can leapfrog Alex de Minaur as the top-ranked Aussie male player if he beats world No.19 Borna Coric on Friday.
The West Australian will rise to a career-high mark of No.40 when the rankings are released next week, but reaching the semifinals would catapult him up to 31 – the spot currently occupied by De Minaur.
— Matt Ebden (@mattebden) October 11, 2018
The 21-year-old Coric booked his quarterfinal spot after injury forced Juan Martin del Potro to retire from their third-round clash.
Argentine world No.4 del Potro called it quits due to a knee injury he sustained during an on-court tumble before the Croatian claimed the first set 7-5.
There was no Shanghai surprise for rising star De Minaur who was swiftly dispatched from the third round by German world No.5 Alexander Zverev, 6-1 6-4.
Zverev will face Britain’s Kyle Edmund after the 11th seed conquered Chile’s Nicolas Jarry 7-6(5) 6-3 to advance.
Meanwhile Roger Federer had a tough three-set 6-3 2-6 6-4 win over Roberto Bautista Agut.
Novak Djokovic also earned a revenge 6-4 6-0 win over Italy’s Marco Cecchinato to enter the quarterfinals.
The 14-time Grand Slam champion, who won the Wimbledon and US Open titles this year, had his run at the French Open stopped by Cecchinato in a shock quarterfinal defeat in June.
Kei Nishikori and Kevin Anderson also won through to the last eight.