On a packed scheduled, nine of the Top 10 men in the world will all be in action Wednesday at the Shanghai Masters.
Two-time champion Novak Djokovic seeks his 26th straight win in China against rising youngster Dominic Thiem in a first-time meeting. Rafael Nadal, who announced he’s battling appendicitis, faces friend and countryman Feliciano Lopez. Nadal leads Lopez 9-2.
Roger Federer makes his fall debut and gets a first look at Argentine Leonardo Mayer and Andy Murray, a winner today, tangles with towering Jerzy Janowicz.
“It’s very different conditions here than in Beijing,” said 2-time champion Murray after a win today. “Courts are different, very different balls. It’s quicker here. The ball goes through the air a little bit quicker. But I was hitting the ball pretty clean, so it was a good start.”
Djokovic, Nadal and Federer are locked in a 3-way battle for the year-end No. 1 ranking.
Kei Nishikori, Milos Raonic, Stan Wawrinka, David Ferrer and Tomas Berdych are also all on court in second round play. Berdych tries to improve a 3-6 record against Richard Gasquet.
Earlier today, Mikhail Youzhny, Vasek Pospisil and Steve Johnson were among the first round winners. Ivo Karlovic, who upset Marin Cilic yesterday, also advanced. Seeds Ernests Gulbis (Youzhny) and Kevin Anderson (Kukushkin) both fell.
Shanghai is exactly 12 hours ahead of USA Eastern time.
WEDNESDAY SHANGHAI SCHEDULE
STADIUM start 1:00 pm
G Simon (FRA) vs  S Wawrinka (SUI)
J Sock (USA) vs  K Nishikori (JPN)
Not Before 4:00 pm
 N Djokovic (SRB) vs D Thiem (AUT)
Not Before 6:30 pm
F Lopez (ESP) vs  R Nadal (ESP)
Not Before 8:00 pm
 R Federer (SUI) vs L Mayer (ARG)
GRANDSTAND start 1:00 pm
M Klizan (SVK) vs  D Ferrer (ESP)
Not Before 3:00 pm
 A Murray (GBR) vs J Janowicz (POL)
 T Berdych (CZE) vs R Gasquet (FRA)
Not Before 6:30 pm
 M Raonic (CAN) vs [WC] J Monaco (ARG)
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