Federer, Nadal Lead Shanghai Masters Field; 2013 Finalist Del Potro Opens Play Mon.
by Staff | October 8th, 2017, 8:29 pm
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Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will both headline the Shanghai Masters event which began today. With a 2,360 point ranking lead and 1,000 points to the winner, a title for Nadal this week could all but wrap up the year-end No. 1 ranking.

Nadal, though, has never won Shanghai, reaching the final in 2009 losing to Nikolay Davydenko. Federer won the title in 2014 and fell in the final in 2010.

With 3-time champ Novak Djokovic and 2-time winner Andy Murray out, Federer is the sole former champion in the field.

Nadal’s draw puts him in with Jared Donaldson to start, then a rematch potentially with Lucas Pouille or the dangerous Fabio Fognini, followed by Grigor Dimitrov in the quarters. Americans Sam Querrey, Frances Tiafoe and Ryan Harrison are also in the Dimitrov section.

The second quarter is led by Marin Cilic and Pablo Carreno Busta, along with Nick Kyrgios and Kevin Anderson. In the quarters, Cilic would face Kyrgios while Anderson would collide with Carreno Busta in a US Open rematch. Anderson, though, will have to deal with Mischa Zverev to begin and Kyrgios with Steve Johnson.

A stacked third quarter features Alexander Zverev, John Isner, Dominic Thiem and Juan Martin del Potro, plus Denis Shapovalov, Karen Khachanov and Andrey Rublev. Thiem would face Isner in the quarters, Delpo would get Zverev.

Roger Federer anchors the final bottom quarter and of the top seeds, he has the easiest draw with David Goffin in the quarters, Jack Sock in the third round and either Jordan Thompson or Diego Schwartzman to start. Roberto Bautista Agut or Richard Gasquet could also come out to the quarters and meet Federer, while Ivo Karlovic and 3-time semifinalist Feliciano Lopez could be third round foes for the Swiss.

Last year, Murray beat Roberto Bautista Agut for the title.

PROJECTED QFs
Nadal-Dimitrov
Cilic-Carreno Busta
Thiem-Zverev
Goffin-Federer

MONDAY SHANGHAI SCHEDULE
STADIUM start 1:00 pm
F. Lopez (ESP) vs I. Karlovic (CRO)
H. Chung (KOR) vs [9] R. Bautista Agut (ESP)

Not Before 6:00 pm
[16] J. del Potro (ARG) vs [Q] N. Basilashvili (GEO)

Not Before 8:00 pm
[Q] J. Chardy (FRA) vs [WC] D. Wu (CHN)

UNION PAY 3 start 1:00 pm
R. Haase (NED) vs R. Gasquet (FRA)
B. Paire (FRA) vs [Q] F. Tiafoe (USA)
K. Edmund (GBR) vs J. Vesely (CZE)

Not Before 5:30 pm
A. Rublev (RUS) vs D. Dzumhur (BIH)


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22 Comments for Federer, Nadal Lead Shanghai Masters Field; 2013 Finalist Del Potro Opens Play Mon.

t4t Says:

As usual, Fed has a much easier draw than Nadal.


gonzalowski Says:

Hmm maybe yes t4t

Rafa: Donaldson – Pouille/Fognini – Dimi – Cilic/Kyrgios
Fed: Schwartzman – Sock/López – Goffin – Zverev/Delpo

Chung just beat Bautista! (Fed side)


gonzalowski Says:

Fed’s press conference in Shanghai:

“I honestly thought Rafa was going to get rid of Peking, why not? And he was not going to play Asia tour.He has no need to take his body to the limit what happens is that Rafa is Rafa and he is a super professional”.


t4t Says:

Nadal may face almost the same opponents he faced in Beijing. Fed has the easiest quarter. This cannot be random. Fairy Godmother in action again!
The Cult’s GOAT is propped up by weak eras and weak draws.


Daniel Says:

With this Agut loss think the race for the last 2 spots (Thiem, Cilic and dimi are 95% in) will be between:

- Goffin 2740
- PCB 2595
- Querrey 2435
- Andreson 2380
- Berdych 2005
- Kyrgios 2000

This week can give us a better indication depending on how these 6 perfomr.

The 2 least I want to qualify are PCB and Berdych. Berdy is already ladder donw and PCB on fast HC can do anyhting. The others in best of three at least are more dangeorus and can pose an upset.


Giles Says:

Here’s hoping Kyrgios doesn’t make it to London. The man is a psycho!


gonzalowski Says:

yes he lost his nerves in an exaggerated way; at least in the press conference recognized the merit of Nadal.
Apart of that, remarkable about this player is the postural defect of his back, maybe it could be corrected, because high competition and back continuously curved in a straight position can be a mixture pernicious for his health..

3-2 h2h on Nadal side, yes!


Willow Says:

Nick Kyrigios is a talented player, but hes his own worst enemy sometimes, too much shooting his mouth off ….


Jammin' Taz. Says:

t4t, you seem to have a real problem when you perceive that Roger gets an easier draw than Rafa. Why don’t you just relax and enjoy? Roger won’t be playing the circuit too much longer and then you can pick another great player to accuse the powers that be of trying to give help to win and be THEIR champion–And you will be wrong again! LOL!


Jammin' Taz. Says:

Why do you NOT respect one of the greatest players of all time? I get so tired of people raging on a player because he or she doesn’t like that player personally! Federer is one of, if NOT the best, players of ALL TIME! You should stop trying to take someone down because you can’t play as well as them! I would like to see you, gonzalowski and t4t, play Fed OR Rafa! I’ll bet that neither of you could even win one game against either Fed or Rafa! So, why don’t you just stop bad-mouthing others and enjoy great tennis?!


J-Kath Says:

Agree re. Gonzalowski’s comment on Kyrios – every time I see him he reminds me of UK Road Caution signs which show elderly people bent over with walking sticks.


Okiegal Says:

@ Giles 1:59……Regarding Nick…..we have a saying in Oklahoma, and it goes something like this…..His cornbread ain’t done……. one weird talented dude!!


Giles Says:

Speaking of Kyrgios, he just retired from his match against Johnson.He received a point penalty, lost the TB and retired. He’s still playing dubs tho. #Fruitcake


Humble Rafa Says:

People are too harsh on the Krazy K man. He should take advice from another crazy man from another generation.

On the “three Gorans”: Good Goran, Bad Goran and Emergency Goran after blowing three match points against Andy Roddick: “One was rushing, the other one was rushing even more. Then the third one came and said, ‘Guys, relax’. I had to call the third one. He’s the emergency one. He’s the brain man. Emergency 911 call and he came on. Calm down, two aces. Thank you.”


gonzalowski Says:

Kyrgios, last year he shamelessly threw the second-round match against Misha Zverev in Shanghai, costing him a two-month suspension penalty and $ 16,000.
Kyrgios today has gone to the chair judge, shook his hand and left the runway with his bags.


gonzalowski Says:

it seems that Shangái’s surface has nothing to do with that of Beijing and the balls either, it is passed from the Head to the Dunlop.
Nadal:
“I always defended that the tours should have the same balls, and as far as the track, the Shangái court is one of the fastest on the circuit, without any doubt, yesterday I only trained 50 minutes and today I train again. the last two days I had to loosen up a bit “


Okiegal Says:

I started to stay up and watch the Kyrgios match but decided I needed sleep more. I knew in my own mind that he would retire……When he played Rafa he told the umpire he was angry and couldn’t let it go……which he didn’t. He shook is head no from side to side so many times…….I guess he’s still angry. Nick is too negative for the demanding sport of tennis. You have to keep a clear head every moment,….he’s shown time and again he just can’t do it. When things are going his way he feeds off of that and seems to get stronger. But when things go awry he folds like a cheap suit. Sad really…what a waste of talent……


Willow Says:

Great post Okie, and thats the difference between the good and the greats of the game, the greats dont behave negatively, sure they get pissed off and down about defeats, and moments that go against them at times, but they shrug it off and move on, they dont dwell on whats been and gone, players like NK are the exact opposite ….


Humble Rafa Says:

greats dont behave negatively

You never talked to Pete’s tongue?


Humble Rafa Says:

About dealing with the hair on the ball, I have to ask Xisca. She is good at gliding the hair out of the way and focusing on the task at hand.


Okiegal Says:

Yes Willow, that’s right….the greats move on!!


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