Federer, Djokovic, Murray Make Their Shanghai Debuts Wednesday; Isner Saves 3 MPs, Tomic Tanking?
by Staff | October 9th, 2012, 3:59 pm

The big guns take the court Wednesday at the Shanghai Tennis Masters. Top seed Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray continue their bids to finish the season as the No. 1 ranked player in second round play at the Masters 1000 stop.

Federer opens his 2012 fall campaign against Yen Hsun Lu. The Swiss hasn’t played a tournament since a quarterfinal loss at the US Open to Tomas Berdych – the fourth seeded Czech is also in action against Andreas Seppi.

“I had some time off,” Federer said. “I didn’t have a big buildup. It was more just trying to maintain my fitness level, playing some tennis while I was not at tournaments. Important is that the body is okay, that the mind is fresh and ready to travel, willing to do the sacrifices and all those things.”

Following a third Beijing title over the weekend, Djokovic, the 2012 points race leader, challenged the Federer-like Grigor Dimitrov.

“I’m trying to improve my knowledge about Chinese language, pronunciation, and also about writing and drawing the signs,” Djokovic said today. “I just got one under my belt. I’m not so sure that I even got that one right. So I have to work a little bit more. I guess if you said it’s five, it takes a long time.

“I actually tried to write my full name in Chinese, and it took me about five minutes. I think people don’t have that much time for me to sign them.”

If Djokovic wins the title and Federer fails to reach the quarter the Serb will overtake Roger in the 52-rankings.

Murray, who was stunned by Milos Raonic in Tokyo over the weekend, begins against Florian Mayer. Murray has won the Shanghai title the last two years.

“There’s a few tournaments between now and the end of the year I’d like to do well,” Murray said. “I always enjoy playing here. I’ll try to do as well as I can between now and the end of the year.

“If I do that, there’s a possibility to get to No. 1 next year. I think getting to No. 1 in the world, that’s more a reward for playing very good tennis throughout the whole season at pretty much every tournament you play.”

Earlier Tuesday, American No. 1 John Isner saved three match points to deny fellow big man Kevin Anderson in what else, three tiebreakers 7-6(3), 6-7(8), 7-6(7). Isner smashed 24 aces to Anderson’s 21 in a match that featured no breaks of serve.

“Really we both served well,” said Isner. “It’s one of the few times where, I don’t think I was out served, but he served right up there with me as far as aces, percentages, what not. So we both were serving exceptionally well. It came down to a few points here or there, and I was able to pull it out. It was looking bleak for a little bit. I served well enough to maybe win in two sets, but I had to win in three. I’m very, very excited to get through. I know I easily could have lost that one.”

Stanislas Wawrinka, Kei Nishikori, Milos Raonic and Gilles Simon were also winners on Tuesday. Australian teen Bernard Tomic troubles continued losing to Florian Mayer 6-4, 6-0. Tomic, who’s been criticized over his lack of effort before, admitted he didn’t give his best in the second set.

“Today I gave 100% in the first set,” the 43rd-ranked Tomic told the Age. ”I felt in the second set, my 100% wasn’t even close to where it should be. That’s where I think mentally … the mental skill is one of my biggest problems.”

Tomic, who turns 20 later this month, hasn’t beaten anyone in the Top 40 since a 5-set win over No. 13 Alexandr Dolgpolov at the Australian Open.

Also, Tomic’s countryman Lleyton Hewitt went down and Fernando Verdasco dented the London hopes to Juan Monaco.

STADIUM start 2:00 pm
A Seppi (ITA) vs [4] T Berdych (CZE)
G Dimitrov (BUL) vs [2] N Djokovic (SRB)

Not Before 6:00 PM
[3] A Murray (GBR) vs F Mayer (GER)

Not Before 8:00 PM
[1] R Federer (SUI) vs [Q] Y Lu (TPE)

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36 Comments for Federer, Djokovic, Murray Make Their Shanghai Debuts Wednesday; Isner Saves 3 MPs, Tomic Tanking?

autoFilter Says:

So has anyone actually gotten to the bottom of that whole Tomic age scandal/controversy, or is that just a totally taboo subject now?

Possum Says:

This Tomic is a basket case. He was in the juniors and hasn’t changed. His Davis Cup captain, Pat Rafter, has criticized him for being lazy and generally right up himself. He’s not getting a lot of love here in Australia, believe me. The general consensus is he’s an entitled, boastful, egotistical prat.

Margot Says:

Must get rid of “mad dad.”

Margot Says:

Er….Tomic that is….

Wog boy Says:

Tomic is repeted offender.
For those who remember last year he did same thing against Dolgopolov (7:5,1:6,0:6), even Dolgopolv coach (aussie) was p!ssed off by dissrespect shown by Tomic in last two sets against Dolgo.

Wog boy Says:


Wog boy Says:

Good boy Nole, that was exactly what the doctor ordered .. quick one:)

alison Says:

Wogboy hi pretty much buisness as usual for Nole,didnt expect anything else really.

racquet Says:

So Andy gets a walkover because Mayer is injured. Baggy squeaks past Raonic 76 67 76. Good for Marcos.

Wog boy Says:


I was worried about Bejing hangover, that is all:)

Wog boy Says:

As Robbie Koenig just said ” if Stepanek wins this one, he should go straight Casino after the match”…so far everything is going his way.

alison Says:

Wogboy nah everythings fine in Noleland lol.

racquet Says:

Very entertaining match between Stephanek & Gasquet. Gasquet let himself be outfoxed and goes out in straights.

Wog boy Says:

Stepanek is off to casino:)

alison Says:

If Roger takes the title this week,then he will be level with John Macenroe on titles won.

alison Says:

From one great sportman to another,footballing legend the gorgeous Nicholas Anelka in the stands watching tennis legend Roger Federer.

jamie Says:

“the gorgeous Nicholas Anelka”

LOL. What?

jamie Says:

Gorgeous would be someone like Gerard Piqué.

alison Says:

Jamie ok JMO,but ive seen Nicholas shirtless,and hes rather hot,but hell everyones different,each to their own.

racquet Says:

Fun match between Fed and Lu, which Roger wins in straights. Closer than you’d expect but it’s probably a little rustiness on Roger’s part.

Big Cheddar Says:

Federer & Djokovic are inspiring players and both have the mindset of a champion. this is the bit Murray has to learn if he is to challenge them for World No 1. Check out the impress coaching log. http://ow.ly/emCIU

jane Says:

Wow, so Baggy won; I suspected that would be a good match – wish I could’ve watched it. Nice win for Marcos.

Good that Nole got through easily enough; it was the first time he’d ever played Dimitrov.

trufan Says:

Fed won in just about 80 minutes. Not much pressure on his own serve, not too many long rallies. On this surface, he really spends very litte energy in most matches. Indoors, no sun, no heat, AC environment.

I don’t think fatigue will be a big factor for him in the next few weeks. Most of his matches are like his practice sessions. So he should be OK playing Basel, Paris, London in consecutive weeks.

However, if he loses early in Shanghai and Djokovic wins it, he will most likely skip Paris since he has hardly any chance of finishing No. 1 then.

Lets see. A lot depends on the next 4 days.

trufan Says:

Also, Djoke seems to have stepped up. He is playing at the level he was in the first half of 2011. Would be real fun to have a Fed-Djoke final in Shanghai.

What would be real fun would be to have a Fed-Djoke final in London, with the no. 1 ranking on the line for both. What a way to end the year. It COULD happen!

Margot Says:

@alison 8.07am
Johnny Mac is my favourite player ever. Didn’t realise he had any titles left to be taken, lol.

Brando Says:

Fed will be strong here.

Nole’s in the final for sure: good form, nice draw etc.

Fed v andy (if the meet of course) could be a blockbuster.

Whoever wins, would need to do so in straights since back to back matches v top 3 player is a tough ask, IMHO.

trufan Says:

I think Fed will have an advantage against Murray here. I know he lost two years ago – but this sruface is fast. Murray’s win over Fed at the Olympics was an aberration – DelPo really took everything out of him there.

Fed vs Djoke in the final is tricky. Depends on day form – who comes out strong on THAT day. Could be like Cincinnati final, where Fed bageled Djoke in the first set.

All in all, Fed has got to be the fresher of the three. And he should be pretty much in touch by the semis, since he would have played 3 matches. He is not lacking in match practice anyway, having played 70 matches this year already!

Interestingly, the last time Fed won 70+ matches in a year was – WHEN? it was 2006. Even in 2007, when he won 3 slams, he went 68-9. THen 08-11, he won around 65-66 matches each year. Its pretty uncommon for players to won 70+ matches in a season (I believe even Nadal did it only once).

Looks quite likely Fed will win at least 8 more matches in the rest of the season (he is 62-8 right now). Theoretically, he could end the season 81-8, but that’s highly unlikely. Even 70+ wins would be a great acheivement for a 31 year old player.

Alok Says:

@trufan, don’t forget that Fed’s somewhat rusty in comparson to Novak and Murray, as they have been playing last week while Fed was resting. I only hope Fed did some intense training to counter his long lay off. I’m somewhat concerned about his lack of match play and hope he can play himself into fitness here in Shanghai, and can play some very entertaining matches.

nadalista Says:

US tax payers funded the Lance Armstrong/Johan Bruyneel dope shop called US Postal Pro Cycling Team, according to USADA.

Much easier to point fingers at South American drug lords, no?

Enough to make any kingpin go postal…….pun fully intended.

Daniel Says:


Fed is one win away from 300+ weeks at #1, an his next opponent is Wawa. I can’t imagine Wawa beating Fed with what is at stake here. So, pretty much anoter milestone for now:)

sienna Says:

Us taxpayers payed for the biggest farce in dope allegations

trufan Says:


Fed’s so-called layoff was just 3.5 weeks. Remember, he played davis cup after the USO. Given how much he has played this year, that’s pretty much a “rest” rather than a “layoff”. Nadal’s 6 months away is a real layoff – he may never get back to his old touch again.

By the time Fed faces Murray, if both reach the semi, Fed would have played 3 matches. That’s plenty for him on a fast indoor court to be back in full touch. He didn’t play badly at all even in his first match – defended his serve pretty effectively.

He’s played 70 matches in the last 280 days or so, without any break of over 4 weeks. He should be plenty in touch., and fit.

laslo Says:

Big cheddar,
Fascinating article. He’s not a natural. I read the other one on their site about Novak and how a champion should think and speak-even while losing.

Colin Says:

Raonic hasn’t been able to build on his win over Murray, has he? I wonder if he needs to be a bit fitter? These big men have a lot of weight to drag round the court.

When Mayer pulled out, Andy said whoever he played (he didn’t know at the time), they’d have the advantage of having played twice in these conditions, so he may take a while to get into the match. When he’s on form, Marcos B. is a challenge for anyone, so fingers crossed!

Colin Says:

Whoops, what am I saying? It’s not Marcos, it’s the Dogster. Well, he’s tested Andy in the past, so it’s still fingers crossed.

Everyone is entitled to my opinion Says:

Loads of empty seats in Shanghai!

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