Shanghai, China (SportsNetwork.com) - Reigning champion Novak Djokovic and
former runners-up Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer led the charge into the
third round at the $3.85 million Shanghai Masters tennis event.
The top-seeded world No. 2 Djokovic drubbed helpless Spaniard Marcel
Granollers 6-2, 6-0, while the second-seeded world No. 1 Nadal whipped
Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-3, 6-2 and the fifth-seeded former No. 1
and 2010 Shanghai finalist Federer handled Italian Andreas Seppi 6-4, 6-3 on
the hardcourts at Qizhong Forest Sports City Arena.
"Seppi did a good job of hanging around," Federer said. "That's the kind of
first-round match you want in this particular situation I'm in right now."
The Australian Open champion and U.S. Open and Wimbledon runner-up Djokovic is
the reigning Shanghai Masters champ, having beaten then two-time reigning
champion Andy Murray in last year's final. Djokovic also beat the U.S. and
French Open champion Nadal this past Sunday in the final at the China Open in
Beijing. Nadal was a Shanghai runner-up in 2009.
Up next for Djokovic will be Italian Fabio Fognini, while Nadal will meet
Argentine Carlos Berlocq and Federer will encounter former top-10 Frenchman
Third-seeded French Open runner-up and 2011 Shanghai finalist David Ferrer
doused Czech Lukas Rosol 6-3, 6-4, while fourth-seeded former Wimbledon
finalist Tomas Berdych topped Spaniard Feliciano Lopez 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 and
sixth-seeded former U.S. Open champ Juan Martin del Potro came from behind to
survive a match against tough German Philipp Kohlschreiber 3-6, 6-3, 7-6
"It was really tough for me," said del Potro. "I couldn't run a lot. I think
my serve helped me a lot to keep playing for the three sets because I made
many aces. With my serve I didn't run too much. I was lucky in the tiebreak
because he made a few mistakes. I won a really tough match."
Del Potro is fresh off his hardcourt title in Tokyo last week and will
face resurgent German Tommy Haas here on Thursday.
In other second-round action involving top-10 seeds, No. 7 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
of France foiled Spaniard Pablo Andujar 6-3, 6-2, while No. 8 Swiss Stanislas
Wawrinka held off tall South African Kevin Anderson 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 and No. 10
Canadian Milos Raonic edged out Spaniard Fernando Verdasco 7-6 (7-1), 3-6,
6-3. The hot Raonic was last week's Tokyo runner-up to del Potro and titled
in Bangkok two weeks ago.
In other play involving seeds, a No. 11 Haas tackled fellow German Daniel
Brands 6-4, 6-4; No. 12 Japanese Kei Nishikori got past Austrian Jurgen Melzer
6-4, 3-6, 6-1; Berlocq bounced No. 14 American John Isner 6-4, 7-6 (7-4);
No. 15 Spaniard Nicolas Almagro bested Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 6-3, 6-4; and
Fognini took out No. 16 Spaniard Tommy Robredo 7-6 (7-3), 2-1, retired.
Additionally, Monfils defeated promising Canadian Vasek Pospisil 7-5, 7-6
(7-4) and German Florian Mayer dismissed Frenchman Benoit Paire 7-6 (7-1), 7-5
on Day 4.
This week's champion will collect $730,000.
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