The Top 4 players in the world, in addition to a slew of dangerous floaters, gather this week in Shanghai.
Here is a closer look at the field and tough first-round matches faced by seeded players:
SHANGHAI ROLEX MASTERS
Shanghai, China; Surface: hard
Seeds: Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka, Rafael Nadal, Milos Raonic, Gael Monfils, Tomas Berdych, Marin Cilic, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, David Ferrer, David Goffin, Nick Kyrgios, Lucas Pouille, Richard Gasquet, Roberto Bautista Agut, Pablo Cuevas
Floaters: Fabio Fognini, Grigor Dimitrov, Sam Querrey, Victor Troicki, Lukas Rosol, Feliciano Lopez, Juan Martin del Potro, Fernando Verdasco
Notes: Seven of the Top 10 gather in the powerhouse draw, including the Top 4…The Top 8 seeds receive opening-round byes…Potential tough starts for (1) Djokovic vs. the upset specialist Fognini, (14) Gasquet vs. last week’s China Open finalist Dimitrov, (12) Kyrgios vs. Querrey who beat Djokovic earlier this year, (4) Nadal vs. the Troicki/Rosol winner, (10) Ferrer vs. Lopez in an all-Spanish meeting, (11) Goffin vs. Del Potro, and (13) Pouille vs. Hot Sauce…Wildcards were awarded to Del Potro and China’s Li Zhe, Wu Di and Zhang Ze…Higher-profile withdrawals were Roger Federer, Nicolas Mahut, Kei Nishikori and Dominic Thiem…Djokovic beat Tsonga in last year’s final…Former champs in the field are Djokovic (2015,’13-12) and Murray (2011-10).
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