"I somehow got it done". The courts are still fast as I expected, so one has to be on alert all the time and react quickly. "I feel like I'm where I want to be..." Writing Chinese on a camera lens has become a regular way to celebrate victories for the Serb in Shanghai. Reflecting on his 2018, which included winning the Australian Open and several weeks back at world number one, Federer said: "I have actually been very successful when I played".
"But also, he has improved a lot, and he has established himself as a top player". He will take on the victor between Marco Cecchinato from Italy and Hyeon Chung from South Korea in the third round.
Like in the match against the Russian Daniil Medvedev, Federer did not play his best tennis but still managed to go through.
World No. 1 Rafael Nadal, beaten by Federer in last year's final of the Masters 1000 showpiece, is absent with injury.
Three days on and the 30-year-old continues to be under the weather, but just about did enough to see off Gasquet 7-5, 7-6 (9/7).
The Swiss looks some way short of his best form and for the second match in a row dropped a set.
The pair traded breaks at the start of the second, with Bautista Agut responding with a break to love courtesy of a rasping backhand return victor after a demoralising opening game of the set.
The Swiss, whose ranking as number two in the world is under threat this week, was broken three times in the second set to force a decider but eventually prevailed 6-3 2-6 6-4. "Making winners, serving about 220km", he added.
The 22-year-old then put the Swiss under immediate pressure on his serve in the deciding set, only for an uncharacteristically flustered Federer to hold.
"My coach has given me a lot of advice mentally and in terms of tactics".
But soon, Medvedev settled down and got the break back nearly immediately to level the set at 2-2 as Federer started making a lot of errors, especially on the forehand side.
"Today was very close to maybe not getting that next step". "Probably the hardest-hitting player I have ever played against".
"We are among the early generation in the development of China men's tennis". Buy Your London Tickets "I$3 have had also some rest after the US Open", said Federer.
Not so Federer, it seems, who is seven years older. Wu is taking on Asia's top ranked Kei Nishikori in a second-round match today.
The Argentine lost Sunday's final of the China Open in Beijing to unseeded Nikoloz Basilashvili and afterwards revealed that he had been unwell.
Anderson ousted 10th-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece 6-4, 7-6 (1).
Djokovic's second-round victory improved his flawless record against the 41st-ranked Chardy to 12-0 in matches played, and 28-0 in sets won.