Murray Gets A Walkover, Now Must Dance With The Dog; Federer On Brink Of 300 At Shanghai
by Staff | October 10th, 2012, 10:10 pm

Of the Top 3 seed in Shanghai, Andy Murray had the easiest afternoon: He didn’t play. The two-time defending champion Murray moved into the third round without hitting a ball when his opponent, Florian Mayer, withdrew with a wrist injury. Next up for the Scot is a date tonight against the quirky Alexandr Dolgopolov. Murray has won all three meetings with the Ukranian.

While Murray watched, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic did play their second round matches on Wednesday, and they won without much sweat. Federer knocked out Yen-Hsun Lu while Djokovic dispatched Grigor Dimitrov.

Federer now plays good buddy and fellow Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka. If Roger wins – he’s 11-1 lifetime against Stan – he’ll be guaranteed of at least one more week as the No. 1 player in world, and that would also be his 300th week at the top position.

“I’m obviously excited,” said Federer of reaching 300. “It’s a big number, even though 299 or 300 doesn’t make a big difference for me. It’s obviously a big match for me. If you look back, there’s many matches where there was a lot on the line, so this is just another one. It’s just more the difficulty also playing a good friend. That adds to the special occasion tomorrow.”

Federer will play his match in the evening local time, a schedule he likes with the family not with him this week in Asia.

“Sleep in, play late. Sleep in, play late,” Federer said. “That’s sort of the schedule now. I don’t have much time to get around anymore. It’s now spending most time at the courts right now.”

If Federer loses the door will be open for Djokovic who would reclaim No. 1 by winning the title coupled with a Wawrinka victory. The Serb faces Spaniard Feliciano Lopez.

Other winners on Wednesday included Tomas Berdych, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Janko Tipsarevic, Tommy Haas and Marcos Baghdatis who upset Milos Raonic in three tiebreakers. Sam Querrey also scored a nice win beating Tokyo champion Kei Nishikori.


STADIUM start 2:00 pm
[5] J Tsonga (FRA) vs M Baghdatis (CYP)
F Lopez (ESP) vs [2] N Djokovic (SRB)

Not Before 6:00 PM
[3] A Murray (GBR) vs A Dolgopolov (UKR)

Not Before 8:00 PM
[1] R Federer (SUI) vs [13] S Wawrinka (SUI)

GRANDSTAND start 2:00 pm
S Querrey (USA) vs [4] T Berdych (CZE)
R Stepanek (CZE) vs [8] J Isner (USA)
[10] M Cilic (CRO) vs F Verdasco (ESP)

Not Before 6:00 PM
[6] J Tipsarevic (SRB) vs T Haas (GER)

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39 Comments for Murray Gets A Walkover, Now Must Dance With The Dog; Federer On Brink Of 300 At Shanghai

racquet Says:

Nole and Andy through with easy straight set wins. Fed and Wawa up next. Bet that one will be quick too.

racquet Says:

Wow, Stephanek knocks out Isner. He’s having quite a revival this tourny.

Margot Says:

Murray in a hurry!
Come on :)

racquet Says:

Yes margot, he was in a hurry :) Didn’t like the look of all the coughing and wheezing though.

Margot Says:

racquet, Must be a cold. Air travel is very bad for you. All those germs in the air con.

racquet Says:

Hope it’s just a light one then. Now what’s going on here: wawa breaks? Have to say Fed is looking beatable, he needs to sharpen up.

racquet Says:

Wawa takes the first set.

skeezer Says:

Wawa playing very tough

Maso Says:

Damn, Roger is playing really shaky. Wawa might take this one. Come on, Rog!!

racquet Says:

Too many UFEs from Roger but Wawa is hanging in there.

jamie Says:

This surface is fast and low bouncing. No excuses for Federer.

jamie Says:

Can Murray win Shanghai for 3 years in a row?

Only Federer and Nadal have won a masters1000 for 3 years in a row in recent years.

racquet Says:

Fed squeaks through the 2nd set TB. Now will we see the customary mental collapse of Stan?

Maso Says:

Federer levels it out!! That was an amazing shot by Wawrinka at 6-3 in the tie-break, though. What an angle. But anyway, now it’s time for Rog to step it up and take this third set. Come on, Fed, win 6 games and you hit the 300 weeks bar!

Sienna Says:

there we go…
Fed is playing himsefl to eternity.

300 weeks #1 here we come. MILESTONE CITY!!!!!!!

skeezer Says:

Wawa had Fed on the ropes there for awhile….but Fed up an early break here in the 3rd,…c’mon Fed!

Sienna Says:

Sometimes when Fed has been out for a few weeks he needs to be kicked in gear.
It seems Stan has just done that.

racquet Says:

Make that a double break. Stan is going to have a very dark night.

skeezer Says:

Fed really taking command here. Such a pleasure to watch him get in another gear. Keep it up!

steve-o Says:

Wouldn’t call it a mental collapse. It takes a tremendous effort to outplay Federer even when he’s having a bad day.

Wawrinka has likely had to give 120% just to get as far as he got. It’s hard to keep hitting so many winners and serving so big. You cannot do it all day without your game collapsing.

You can play beyond your limits for only so long before overextending yourself, and then it all falls apart.

skeezer Says:

300! 300! 300! 300!

Maso Says:

YES! Go Roger! 300 weeks at #1, now that’s a benchmark for tennis records. Not that it makes a huge difference with 299, but 300 certainly looks nice and it’s a first in the man’s game. It would be tempting to say that this record will long remain unbroken, but at the same time, Sampras’ 286 weeks and 14 slams must have seemed just as unbreakable 10-12 years ago. So who knows?

But in any case, this is definitely one to celebrate for us Fed fans! GO ROG! Looking forward to a potential clash with Murray in the semis.

Sienna Says:

THIS IS SPARTA!!!!!!!!!!!

alison Says:

Congrats to Roger and all his fans on reaching 300 weeks at No1,wow what a fantastic achievement.

jamie Says:

I wonder what is Sampras thinking….

Federer is obliterating all his records.

steve-o Says:

Huge win for Federer in his quest to stay at #1, and a great finish. Go Roger!

Alok Says:

Great win for Fed. The shot making from both guys was a treat to watch, and what can we say of the lovely one-handed BHs.

Fed needed this type of match to get him out of his funk. Now he’ll be ready for the battles he will face going forward.

Murray was having his usual temper tantrums.

This was the second year in a row that Murray has gotten to the third round due to a W/o.

skeezer Says:

As usual, Feds game is a special, unique and hypnotizingly awesome. Hope it continues. The sellout crowd and global fans hopes so too!

300 is a special #, and won’t ever be matched by this ERA’s players. Awesome achievement.

Brando Says:

Well done fed, and congrats to his nice fans for the 300 weeks at no.1- not a bad no. at all!

trufan Says:

If you really parse the data, you can certainly find some Sampras records that still exist (6 times year end No. 1 – though more weeks at No. 1 is more important, I think). But ALL of his important records are now gone.

14 slams? Gone
286 weeks No 1? Gone
5 YEC titles? Gone
7 Wimbledon titles? Shared, at least for now.

In addition, Fed has obliterated most of the other players’ records too. Slam finals, Slam semis, consecutive finals, consecutive semis, slam wins, 5 finals in each slam, 7 semis in each slam, 9 QF in each slam, its just an endless list.

And he is not done yet.

I bet this match removes the rust from his game, and he will come out really shapr against Cilic. Cilic had a two hour match too, today, so its not like he will be any fresher.

But Fed needs a short match tomorrow, or Murray should have a long match, otherwise there will be trouble in the semi for him.

trufan Says:

7 Federer records that might last a LONG LONG time (like Laver’s slam):

1. 17 (and counting) slams.
2. 300+ weeks at No. 1
3. 18 out of 19 consecutive slam finals, 10 in a row.
4. 5 finals in each slam.
5. 11 slams in 4 years (2004-07).
6. 247-15 match record over three years (2004-06).
7. 237 consecutive weeks at No. 1.

I don’t think anyone even gets close to these for a while.

Do you think these are his 7 most significant records? I think if he gets another YEC title, 7 YEC titles would be another one of those.

Maso Says:

I think 6 YEC titles should already be on that list, trufan! That’s one more than anybody had done before (Sampras and Lendl, and maybe I’m forgetting someone). I’d definitely be happy about a seventh, though, that’s for sure.

bstevens Says:

Nice list trufan. Is Fed also tied with Nadal for most Masters titles or is he ahead? All these records are nice but the thing that I enjoy most about Roger Federer is the way he plays. I don’t know how many other athletes have been both a dominant player and a delight to watch.

tennisfansince76 Says:

good for Tommy Haas.he stomped on Janko. he’s haveing a minor career renaissance.

tennisfansince76 Says:

oh and a minor quibble. i don’t like it when people say something will last for eternity. i mean don’t get me wrong. 300 weeks at #1 is a great record but in 100,000 years whatever form humans and their culture are at will probably not remember this record. just sayin’. but as long as tennis is a going concern it will probably be remembered.

alison Says:

TFS76 saw that match,it was great to see Tommy really rolling back the years with a fantastic performance,the result made such a mockery of his ranking position,Janko had no answer at all,93 percent 1st serves,i would love to see him play like that against Novak tomorrow and really make a game of it hmmm.

alison Says:

Andy lost the 1st set to Stepanek,hope he raise his level in the second,Murray was too passive.

trufan Says:

Some records do last a very long time…

Long jump – 8.90m in 1968, was barely broken in 1991, 8.95m. Nobody has even come close to that ever since. Olympic gold goes for 8.3, 8.4m these days.

100m – Bolt’s 9.58 seconds is WAY out there. Much more than his 19.19 in 200m.

I think some of Fed’s records are in that league.

Again, remember, Laver’s slam still stands, 42 years later.

I think some of fed’s “consecutive” records are really tough to beat. 18 outof 19 slam finals? Come on. 237 weeks consecutive No. 1? 23 consecutive slam semis? 11 slams in 4 years? Along with of course, 5 finals+ in EACH slam.

And I agree, perhaps even 6 YEC titles should be in that list.

alison Says:

Id just like to say a big congrats to Britains Heather Watson,on reaching her 1st ever WTA tour final,setting up a clash with Sam Stosur or Kai Chen Chang,so much talk about our other Bitish rising star Laura Robson,so nice to see our other girl playing so well and grabbing some headlines,go Heather.

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