Ticket holders are in for a fabulous day Wednesday at the Rolex Shanghai Masters. The day three schedule features a smorgasbord of eight of the Top 10 players on the ATP tour in action including the top 4 on center court.
Former No. 1 Roger Federer is on at 8pm in the marquee match of the evening against the ever-dangerous John Isner. The 6-foot-9 Isner saved seven matchpoints in a third-set tiebreak win Tuesday over Lukasz Kubot. Federer, who is playing his first match since his epic US Open semifinal loss to Novak Djokovic, beat his American counterpart in their only meeting at the 2007 US Open in four sets.
“It was a tough stretch in America,” Federer said of his summer. “I played really well. I played finals, a victory, and the semis. It was a tough match against Novak in the end. I felt I needed some rest first of all to get mentally and physically fresh again. Once I felt I was ready to go again, I started to work out extremely hard. I had almost three weeks on my hands which I used to do a lot of fitness and a lot of Tennis. Had a good time. Felt great. Was able to work hard, spend time with the family. I’m ready to go here now.”
The schedule begins at noon on center with Richard Gasquet and Ernests Gulbis. Then the hot-handed Djokovic takes a four-match winning streak into his showdown with Ivan Ljubicic. The Serb leads the Croat 6-2 in their head-to-head.
No. 3 Andy Murray follows against Chinese wildcard Yan Bai. The 31-year-old Bai earned his first tour win of his career with a victory Tuesday over Radek Stepanek.
Next, world No. 1 Rafael Nadal takes the court against Stanislas Wawrinka. Nadal has beaten the Swiss in all six meetings and 13-0 in sets. The Spaniard has also reached the quarterfinals or better at all 15 events entered this season.
Also on scheduled are Andy Roddick (v. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez), Robin Soderling (v. Janko Tipsarevic) and defending champion Nikolay Davydenko (v. Mischa Zverev).
There is a forecast for rain in the area. Center court does have a roof in place.
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