Shanghai - Defending champion Novak Djokovic has shrugged off a
injury scare to win his Shanghai Masters opener on Wednesday, keeping
alive the prospect of a mouthwatering quarter-final against Roger
In the late-evening match in second-round play, newly
re-crowned world number one Rafael Nadal polished off Ukraine's Alexandr
Dolgopolov in less than an hour, with just five unforced errors in a
6-3, 6-2 win.
Top seed Djokovic cantered through the first set
against Spain's Marcel Granollers for the loss of only two games.
early in the second he pulled up in obvious discomfort and called for
the ATP trainer, who applied heavy taping to his right foot and ankle.
the medical treatment, the 26-year-old did not look inconvenienced as
he returned to the court to seal a 6-2, 6-0 victory, hitting a total of
"It was just an awkward movement. I was in an
"I was running and I made a quick movement that
caused a sharp pain at that instant moment," said Djokovic.
"But after the match we determined that it's nothing serious, so it's all fine."
who has slipped to seventh in the world rankings and faces a battle to
qualify for next month's World Tour Finals in London, won 6-4, 6-3
against Italian Andreas Seppi after a testing start.
great, playing his first match since a disappointing US Open, lost his
serve early but broke back immediately against the world number 22,
repeating the feat to take the opening set. A single break in the second
was enough to seal the match.
Federer, who had a mixed bag of 19
winners and 29 unforced errors, said going a set up and then a break up
in the second set was key for him and he started to feel comfortable.
though it remained tough, Seppi did a good job of hanging around.
"That's the kind of match you want in this particular situation I'm in
Earlier, German world number 23 Philipp Kohlschreiber
rattled a feverish Juan Martin del Potro, striking 50 winners and 22
aces in a brave display of attacking tennis that had the Argentine
searching for answers before he dug deep to win 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7/4).
night I couldn't sleep really well," said the sixth seed, fresh from
winning the Japan Open.
"This morning I took ibuprofen, a couple of
pills, trying to help me feeling better.
"But I'm not 100 percent yet."
think my serve helped me a lot to keep playing for the three sets
because I made many aces," added Del Potro, who hit 14 aces.
seed David Ferrer beat Lukas Rosol 6-3, 6-4, fourth seed Tomas Berdych
beat Feliciano Lopez 7-6 (7/5), 6-2 and seventh seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
eased past Pablo Andujar 6-3, 6-2.
There were also wins for seeds
Tommy Haas, Stanislas Wawrinka and Kei Nishikori. But America's top
player John Isner lost in straight sets to Argentina's Carlos Berlocq.
Spain's Tommy Robredo retired from his match against Italy's Fabio Fognini.
Nadal and Ferrer have already qualified for the end-of-season showpiece
Britain's Andy Murray has withdrawn from the tournament as
he recovers from back surgery.
Drenching rains earlier in the week
as a result of Typhoon Fitow forced matches indoors in Shanghai, but
the wet weather relented on Wednesday.Results on the fourth day of the Shanghai Masters on Wednesday (x denotes seeding):
David Ferrer (ESP x3) bt Lukas Rosol (CZE) 6-3, 6-4
Rafael Nadal (ESP x2) bt Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) 6-3, 6-2
Roger Federer (SUI x5) bt Andreas Seppi (ITA) 6-4, 6-3
Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI x8) bt Kevin Anderson (RSA) 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7/5)
Nicolas Almagro (ESP x15) bt Jeremy Chardy (FRA) 6-3, 6-4
Kei Nishikori (JPN x12) bt Jurgen Melzer (AUT) 6-4, 3-6, 6-1
Gael Monfils (FRA) bt Vasek Pospisil (CAN) 7-5, 7-6 (7/4)
Florian Mayer (GER) bt Benoit Paire (FRA) 7-6 (7/1), 7-5
Novak Djokovic (SRB x1) bt Marcel Granollers (ESP) 6-2, 6-0
Tomas Berdych (CZE x4) bt Feliciano Lopez (ESP) 7-6 (7/5), 6-2
Tommy Haas (GER x11) bt Daniel Brands (GER) 6-4, 6-4
Juan Martin del Potro (ARG x6) bt Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7/4)
Carlos Berlocq (ARG) bt John Isner (USA x14) 6-4, 7-6 (7/4)
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA x7) bt Pablo Andujar (ESP) 6-3, 6-2
Fabio Fognini (ITA) bt Tommy Robredo (ESP x16) 7-6 (7/3), 2-1 retd