Shanghai Masters Draw: Djokovic, Federer, Murray, Nishikori In Loaded Top Half
by Staff | October 4th, 2014, 12:18 am

The Shanghai Rolex, the eighth Masters 1000 event of the season, unveiled its draw earlier today featuring 17 of the Top 20 players participating including the first event the “Big Four” are together since Wimbledon. Top seed Novak Djokovic is looking for a third straight title, but the draw did him no favors.

The World No. 1 is paired with 2-time Shanghai winner Andy Murray and former finalist Roger Federer. Grigor Dimitrov and the streaking Kei Nishikori are also in the top half.

Djokovic’s draw could take him through Rosol or Thiem, Kevin Anderson, Andy Murray in the quarters and then either Federer, Dimitrov or Nishikori in the semifinals.

Murray, who doesn’t have a bye, plays a qualifier before a possible meeting with Jerzy Janowicz and then David Ferrer in the third round.

Federer’s path could put him against Leonardo Mayer, Vasek Pospisil or Bautista Agut and then in the quarters either Nishikori or Dimitrov.

In the bottom half, 2009 finalist Rafael Nadal is poised to improve upon his quarterfinal effort in Beijing, though a gauntlet of big servers await. Nadal could face countryman Feliciano Lopez in his opener, John Isner in the third round, Milos Raonic in the quarters and either Tomas Berdych, Stan Wawrinka or Marin Cilic in the semifinals.

Among the decent early round matchups, there’s Cilic-Karlovic, Thiem-Rosol and Chardy-Gasquet. Those Top 20 players absent from the event are Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (wrist), Gael Monfils (knee) and Juan Martin del Potro (wrist). Philipp Kohlschreiber, David Goffin and Nicolas Almagro also are not playing. The red-hot Goffin wouldn’t have made the entry cut six weeks ago.

Bernard Tomic and Viktor Troicki are both playing in the qualifying.

Matches in Shanghai begin Sunday.

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27 Comments for Shanghai Masters Draw: Djokovic, Federer, Murray, Nishikori In Loaded Top Half

Michael Says:

It is Novak’s draw which looks pretty tough followed by Rafa. And invariably of late, Andy falls in Novak’s quarter.

jane Says:

andy and nole in same quarter for the third tournament in a row. sigh.

Brando Says:

Oh no: the world number one gets someone outside top 8 who’s only won a 250 point title in 15 months, has only beat 2 top 10 players possibly in the QF and a 33 year old in the SF: just how on earth will he manage in this event he’s won in the last 2 years against such colossal opposition? LMFAO: let’s not get ridiculous about things, sure more star names are on one side, but that’s all it is: names. In reality that’s a gimme draw: Andy still ain’t anywhere near his best and Fed is 33, traditonally a age were you are on the slide. Some would consider that a quite nice draw.

Hippy Chick Says:

Looking forward to having all the top players back in the same tournament….

Tiger Says:

Brando – you make some good points! Andy isn’t quite near his best – but he does have a good record in Shanghai and Kevin Anderson is on Djoko’s side of the draw, so who knows? I would like to see Murray get past Djokovic on this occasion actually – and Fed has a few dangerous floaters on his side, so maybe, just maybe Murray might do better here.

jane Says:

andy’s record at shanghai is exemplary: he’s won it twice, same as nole. both of them tend to play well this time of the year. rafa hasn’t won it but he has reached the finals. i don’t believe fed has won it or reached the finals.

Sirius Says:


fed reached the final in 2010, believe it. And also won titles there when it was the WTF event

jane Says:

^ yes, i knew he won the YECs in shanghai but didn’t know about 2010 finals. thanks sirius.

RZ Says:

Murray needs to do well. Not just to make it to London, but to get a top 8 seed in Australia.

jane Says:

that’s true rz.

Saleem Marwat Says:

Djokovic is hot favorite to win again as is evident from the china open….I hope tennis fans and lovers will definitely enjoy this event…..
My humble suggestion is that at least one Master 1000 event should be played before each Grand Slum and with at least one week gap,so that players get well prepared before these Exhausting Majors of best of five sets

jane Says:

theim beat rosol, so nole’s first shanghai opponent will be theim

saleem, agree: that would be nice. we’re missing that for both the australian and wimbledon.

Andrew Says:

Rafa’s draw is pretty easy. He shouldn’t have any real competition until the semi finals, and by that point Wawrinka/Berdych/Cilic (whoever makes it) will have had to fight a hard fight coming into the match.

Humble Rafa Says:

ATP website has an article on the Arrogant One, saying he aims for a great finish.

Anyone know what he accomplished this year?

Humble Rafa Says:

Djokovic is hot favorite to win again as is evident from the china open

Grab the Money Open predicts nothing.

Brando Says:


Spot on Chief!

Patson Says:

Another fall season, another Nole dominance. Hoping for a clinical finish this year from Nole once again.

Wog boy Says:

Cilic is out, Dr Ivo showed him the door.

Colin Says:

So much for the Goran effect!

Giles Says:

Why so much glee at Marin’s loss? He performed on the big stage beating the old f@rt and going on to win USO, isn’t that enough for the moment?

Brando Says:

Yeah I don’t get that either Giles. Cilic could lose 6-0 6-0 in every event from now until 2015 and it would not change the fact that his season has been outstanding as he’s only 1/4 who won mattered: a Grand Slam. Besides most players post their first Slam do struggle a bit immediately after it. Either way: Marin produced the goods when it mattered and should he qualify for WTF- hopefully he will- then he’s taken care of business post USO for himself.

Colin Says:

I was having a dig at the old clown rather than at Cilic himself.

jane Says:

very close loss for cilic: 7-6 in the 3rd set tiebreak. this can happen again a big server like dr. ivo so not sure how much i’d read into it. plus, players can have letdowns after big wins.

jane Says:

*against not again

Hippy Chick Says:

Cilic is suffering with first slam syndrome,struggling with all the hype and expectation that comes after a first slam win,alot of excitement then a letdown afterwards,it happened to Stan after winning the AO at the begining of the year too,backing up one great tourney with another was always going to be trickly,thats JMO assuming your still allowed one….

Wog boy Says:

@jane, I saw the match. Dr Ivo was Dr Ivo, S@V, slice BH when return and so on, nothing special. Marin just play badly, missing FH&BH, not moving and positionig well, if he was playing 70-80% like he did at USO he would beat Dr Ivo, I would say he is still suffering from USO hangover.

jane Says:

thanks for the feedback wog boy.

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