Top Seeds Djokovic, Federer Advance, Now One Win From QF Shanghai Collision; Isner Falls
by Staff | October 9th, 2013, 2:46 pm
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Former No. 1s Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer moved within one match of a quarterfinal collision at the Shanghai Masters today.

Djokovic, who just got supplanted at the top spot by Rafael Nadal, crushed Rafa’s countryman Marcel Granollers 6-2, 6-0 while Federer eased past Andreas Seppi 6-4, 6-3.

Federer is now 10-0 lifetime against Seppi, but early on the Italian led with a break 3-2.

“Just a tough combination when I got broken,” said Federer. “I was able to break back right away still with the used balls. Then with the ball change, I was in the match really.

“It was a big maybe shall I say 20 minutes going up a set and a break, really started to feel comfortable. Even though it remained tough, Seppi did a good job of hanging around. That’s the kind of first round match you want in this particular situation I’m in right now.”

Djokovic just won the Beijing crown over the weekend and is now defending the 2012 Shanghai title he won over Andy Murray.

If Djokovic beats Fabio Fognini and Federer gets past Gael Monfils on Thursday, the two will square off in the quarterfinal dandy on Friday.

New No. 1 Nadal also advanced behind a a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Alexandr Dolgopolov. Nadal broke the Ukrainian three times and never faced a break point.

“The court is fast, faster than the previous years,” said Nadal. “I think I played a good match. To win against Dolgopolov the way I did is because I did a lot of things well. The serve worked great. Something that didn’t happen last week. That’s a very important thing.”

Juan Martin Del Potro was a winner needing a third set breaker to put away Philipp Kohlschreiber. The Argentine who just won Tokyo admitted afterward he’s been struggling with the flu.

“It was really tough for me,” said Del Potro who later withdrew from doubles. “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 tie-break because he made a few mistakes. I won a really tough match.”

David Ferrer and the back-addled Tomas Berdych also earned victories as 12 of the 14 seeds in action today all won. The only losses were by John Isner who stumbled against Carlos Berlocq and Tommy Robredo who retired with a wrist injury against Fognini.

Isner’s loss severely damages any hopes he had for qualifying for London. Fellow London chasers Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Milos Raonic and Stanislas Wawrinka all pushed on toward the finals with wins. Though Raonic and Wawrinka now play each other in the third round tomorrow in a very crucial match.

THURSDAY SHANGHAI SCHEDULE
STADIUM start 11:45 AM
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) vs P Andujar (ESP) / F Lopez (ESP)
Not Before 2:00 pm
[6] J Del Potro (ARG) vs [11] T Haas (GER)
G Monfils (FRA) vs [5] R Federer (SUI)
Not Before 6:00 pm
[1] N Djokovic (SRB) vs F Fognini (ITA)
Not Before 8:00 pm
C Berlocq (ARG) vs [2] R Nadal (ESP)

GRANDSTAND start 2:00 pm
[12] K Nishikori (JPN) vs [7] J Tsonga (FRA)
Not Before 3:30 pm
[3] D Ferrer (ESP) vs F Mayer (GER)
[15] N Almagro (ESP) vs [4] T Berdych (CZE)
[8] S Wawrinka (SUI) vs [10] M Raonic (CAN)
[WC] R Federer (SUI) / Z Zhang (CHN) vs [5] I Dodig (CRO) / M Melo (BRA) – Possible Court Change


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61 Comments for Top Seeds Djokovic, Federer Advance, Now One Win From QF Shanghai Collision; Isner Falls

Alex Says:

Federer still looks a step slow.


hawkeye Says:

So did Seppi.


Alex Says:

Yeah, so Feds two steps slow :). Likely to stay that way. Oh well, gonna be tough seeing him play Djokovic.


skeezer Says:

Ben

http://tennis.si.com/2013/10/09/roger-federer-rafael-nadal-viktor-troicki-doping/

All’s I can say is no way no how an official is going to ask you ” Ok, you can do it tomorrow “. THAT..is a laugher. They may need to be more clear and forthright in telling the player the rules….but on the other hand the player should already know what those rules are when testing….if they are there to do testing you must do it, or have a “by the rulebook” why you can’t.
Otherwise you lose the purpose of the test when you give a player the heads up.


Jack Lewis Says:

Federer seems to be carrying quite a few extra pounds compared to even last year. This can’t be helping with the movement and the back. As you get older your metabolism slows down and if you don’t do a bit of extra training…well…


Michael Says:

Roger was not impressive against Seppi. He shanked many shots but he was helped by the lousy game of Seppi. He will not enjoy such luxury against Monfils where he needs to tuck up if he has to have chances to win. As regards Novak and Rafa, they are so far sailing smoothly and look in fine fettle. It seems once again we would be feasted with their exhibits in the marquee finals. If there is anybody who can spoil this clash, it has to be Del Potro.


metan Says:

Michael.
Delpo retired. He is having bad flue.
You said correctly about Roger’s game yesterday. How is he going to do with Gael later. It is such a big asked nowadays for Roger.


Giles Says:

Metan. Delpo didn’t retire, Haas did.


metan Says:

Michael.
Sorry. It’s not Delpo retired but Tommy Haas because of his back got injured.
I got wrong info from my friends about Delpo . That’s good Delpo can have enough rest. Sorry once again @ Michael.


metan Says:

Giles.
Thanks I got wrong info. Sorry for that next time I make double check before posting.
I was watching Delpo yesterday and looked like he wasn’t well so the moment my friend sms me. I posted here straight. Apologize to all.


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

Metan Haas has pulled out against Delpo feeling sick.


Perfect fan Says:

Holy Christ….i can’t see this match….i will better check the results after the match is over….coz’ i can’t weigh my support to any one player here. :(

“MAESTRO vs MONFILS” ….O GOD, hav some mercy…

I absolutely love both these players….and i’ll not be able to bear the loss of any one player here. Had fed been in a good form and had he won a lotta matches this season, i could have hoped for a monfils win….fed is badly in need of winning matches….same with Monfils….coming after a long break and has shown a lot of flare & character in RG ’13.

This is the best & worst match-up for me this season so far….spare me the dilemma, o GOD :(


the DA Says:

Monfils takes the first set. He’s playing very well, keeping the clowning down to a minimum.


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

Joes watching Gael/Roger,brilliant ist set between Joe/Kie shame about Kies back as the second set was an anti climax,agree with the DA nice to see Gael playing tennis,rather than showboating,as his tennis is lovely to watch.


andrea Says:

c’mon rog. take it in three. although i do like gael….


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

Nice win for Florian Mayer,Whats going on with Daveed lately??


gannu Says:

so roger is going to be packed off in straight sets and our man will then tell…i think i amstill playing well had chances was close..just that extra step and i am confident 2014 will be better…i am going in right direction…still i have basel and paris and possibly world tour finals…blah blah blah…really irritating…he is playing absolute sh!T these days


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

Gannu not so fast,Roger has just broken back in the second set,have a little in your man.


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

^Little faith,meant to say.^


gannu Says:

faith..? at this rate he will get thrashed by djoker or nadal…or any other top 10 player…i only want him to get realistic


tennisfan Says:

oh yes, 2nd set to Fed. Good comeback from 3-5 down in the breaker


Giles Says:

Fed steals the 2nd set. Will win the match now methinks.


jatin Says:

Win or lose, no one can play like roger. No one. So beautiful and magical those shots are.

Shhhh…………..quite…..
GENIUS AT WORK.


the DA Says:

Monfils looks like he can barely walk between serves. He blew it in that TB.


jatin Says:

The major difference between roger of 2007 and today’s roger is his MOVEMENT.
He is barely running in the court now.
Game, set And Match monfiles.


the DA Says:

Monfils was screwed over by that line call – could’ve been 5-1 up. He should have challenged though.


youyong Says:

Monfils finally finishes with a 6-3 win in the 3rd.


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

I dont think this Monflis has much chance against Nole most likely,he looked exhausted against Roger.


Perfect fan Says:

Roger jus spared himself of the horror of getting crushed by novak in the next round…..a bagel was in the cards, I guess.

As Jatin rightly said, the only difference is his movement which is currently worse than the likes of milos, isner, ivo probably.

His return game is in absolute sh!t these days….without breaking serves, he’s not gonna win titles.

I knew he would fade gradually at some point….but this FAAAST!!….post AO this year, its a free fall for fed and its not stopped yet.


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

Perfect Fan Rogers let Gael have the privalage of been crushed by Novak instead.


the DA Says:

If Wawrinka beats Raonic later and Tsonga goes on to reach the final in Shanghai, then Fed will be relegated to reserve spot for WTF. He should take a WC to Vienna or Stockholm.


Perfect fan Says:

Alison, the best thing about monfils is he is very very unpredictable….i m not saying he stands a chance against nole, but he can make it a very intriguing match.

It all depends on how he feels that very moment….if he’s fit & charged with crowd behind him, u never know….he jus soaks in the atmosphere when the crowd is on his side….mus see his RG matches this year(esp the one against berdych)

I will love him to win it….though its really tough with nole in such rich form.


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

Not his fault as he is really so awesome especially on HCs,but i have to say i find Novaks matches against lower oposition rather boring,all very clinical,sorry Novak fans,i find his matches more intersesting when he plays against other top players,or when he comes through a tough match,like Stan at the AO/USO or Delpo at Wimbledon,same could be said for Rafa on CCs so its not a double standard.


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

Perfect Fan i hope Gael can push Nole too,Noles matches are more interesting when he is pushed,otherwise i dont have much enthusiasm as its all too clinical.


gonzalowski Says:

Berdych and Almagro discussing with Carlos Bernardes about the ball boys/girls doing bad, and Bernardes says to both of them:
“you guys are like 2 kids having an argument”

:)

Good match, btw


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

Gonzalowski it sounds more exciting than the Nole/Fabio match,which is yawn inducing,ive only watched so far for the eye candy(Fabios gorgeous lol,but im not usually that shallow),anyway Almagro/Berdych are always quite spicy encounters,deffinetly no love lost there,two players with a mutual dislike for one another,hope Almagro wins this one as i cant stand Berdych.


gonzalowski Says:

yeah, Almagro is playing quite well…
1-1 in the third
They seem to have had some kind of collision in the last AO.


youyong Says:

Is there a topless pic of Fabio somewhere? :)


youyong Says:

Fabio should calm down though and not get involved with unnecessary drama with the umpire.


Giles Says:

Fed still playing doubles. Maybe he’ll have some luck there.


gonzalowski Says:

Berdych wants to call the physio (for his back);
Bernardes says that himself is the one to call it, no Berdych.
And the physio takes his time to come..

What a surrealistic match!

Hope not to be nothing important with the back.

The problem in AO 2012 was a ball from Almagro which hit Thomas, and him complined it to be on purpose; at the end of the match they didn`t salute.


youyong Says:

Cute. I think Novak was trying to sign off the word “Love” in Chinese. Came out wrong though.


metan Says:

Roger only needs luck nowadays. Nothing else!

Nice to see Gael is in the next round. He will give us some surprises. Good Luck!


simba Says:

Roger’s game sucks nowadays. Mirka (his wife) is one of the few players he can beat consistently these days. Please retire.


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

Youyong if you go to msn homepage,and type in FF shirtless,you should find plenty lol.


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

Youyong by the sound of your name im guessing that you are Chinese?? that was indeed a nice thing for Nole to do:))..


youyong Says:

Tennis X Hippy Chic. I googled and saw that video of Nadal pulling that towel off him in the lockerroom at RG. Nice ass ;)


youyong Says:

I am a Singaporean Chinese. :)


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

Youyong yeah,one guy with a nice ass,pulling the towel away from another guy with a nice ass lol ;)


youyong Says:

I think we should stop before this becomes tennis-xxx.com :)


youyong Says:

Nadal’s form seems to be good today. Looks like we are headed towards another Nadal-Djokovic final if they both keep playing at this level.


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

Great to see Almagro getting a win over Berdych.


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

Youyong yeah true better than all the bickering though,nothing wrong with some lighthearted fun,and nothing we have said has as yet been put in moderation lol.


Alex Says:

I realise Monfils is unpredictable but Federer should still beat him. He should really think about playing some smaller tournaments these days. He can’t just have some long breaks and expect to find his form in the Masters tournaments. It doesn’t work anymore for him. It was fine while he was still playing well. But not anymore. If next season isn’t better than this one, he should really think about retiring. But it’s his decision afterall.


youyong Says:

That was a really close second set for Nadal. Berlocq played very well.


metan Says:

VAMOS RAFA! Goes to next round!!!
Berlocq is tough cooky..


Giles Says:

Vamos Champ!


Rsutherland Says:

youyong as in swim, useful, or your real Mandarin name with no specified meaning?
My Mandarin is pinyin learned and Taiwanese influenced.


hawkeye Says:

Rafa gets the Swiss No. 1 in the Race to London.


Rsutherland Says:

Incidentally, as this is a tennis site… Da wang qiu is play tennis in pin yin, lol


youyong Says:

Rsutherland, swimming :)

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