Defending Shanghai champion Roger Federer had his hands full with Daniil Medvedev on Wednesday. The 22-year-old Russian was coming in hot after winning Tokyo for his third title of 2018. 

He showed Federer what he was capable of across a three-set saga: 

But in the end, it was the world No. 2 who prevailed, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4. As always, Federer got by with a little help from his many fans: 

The road to title defense doesn't get any easier for the 37-year-old as he faces Roberto Bautista Agut on Wednesday.


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