Tsonga Wins; Djokovic, Del Potro Up Tuesday at ATP Shanghai Masters
by Staff | October 10th, 2016, 11:26 pm

No. 9 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was the lone seed in action on Monday at the Shanghai Masters, easing past German Florian Mayer to set up a second-round encounter with injury-comeback player Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia.
It was the 31-year-old Tsonga’s first match since the US Open after knee surgery.

But the story of the day were teens and qualifiers.

Nineteen-year-old Alexander Zverev, qualifier and 21-year-old Kyle Edmund and qualifier and 18-year-old Taylor Fritz all posted wins at the Qizhong Tennis Center, as did fellow qualifiers Vasek Pospisil and Micha Zverev.

Alexander Zverev beat John Isner 6-4, 6-2, almost doubling the American’s ace tally. He will next meet No. 8 seed Marin Cilic.

“Both very tough matches, a lot of tiebreaks in those matches,” said Zverev of his 1-1 record against Cilic. “It’s going to be a difficult match, but I have been playing pretty well for the last few weeks. If I can continue playing like I did the last few tournaments…I have a good chance.”

Fritz beat Frenchman Stephane Robert 7-6(2), 2-6, 6-3, dropping 14 aces, and will next meet the winner of Aussie Bernard Tomic and No. 15 seed Roberto Bautista Agut. Edmund outlasted Argentine Federico Delbonis 6-3, 5-7, 6-4, and his reward is a meeting with No. 3 seed Stan Wawrinka. Pospisil topped “Dr. Ivo Karlovic 7-6(5), 6-4, and Micha Zverev saw little resistance from Chinese wildcard Ze Zhang.

Other unseeded winners on the day were Viktor Troicki handling qualifier Lukas Rosol 6-2, 6-4; Frenchman Benoit Paire outlasting Joao Sousa 6-3, 5-7, 6-1; veteran Nicolas Almagro outdueling qualifier Mikhail Youzhny 3-6, 6-2, 6-2; and American Steve Johnson defeating Martin Klizan 6-4, 6-3.

Highlights of Tuesday matches in Shanghai are (1) Novak Djokovic vs. Fabio Fognini, (11) David Goffin vs. (WC) Juan Martin del Potro, (8) Marin Cilic vs. Alexander Zverev, (12) Nick Kyrgios vs. Sam Querrey, and (14) Richard Gasquet vs. Grigor Dimitrov.

“My approach is just different,” Djokovic said pre-tournament. “The last three months were up and down, a little bit with oscillations, but generally I didn’t find that kind of satisfaction on the court, which is the very reason and the source of my motivation to play tennis…So that’s my priority now, to get back into that inner joy and really feeling happy for being on the court, and everything else comes second and behind that.”

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26 Comments for Tsonga Wins; Djokovic, Del Potro Up Tuesday at ATP Shanghai Masters

Daniel Says:

Thiem and Kei missing Shangai, one with disease and the other injury.

Thiem will make up in Viena, to still contend for a spot.

Raonic qualified today and Kei will also qualify, he just needs a few points and or depending on others results in Shangai.

Humble Rafa Says:

The Egg Lover needs to shut it down for the year and find his inner joy (inner joy – is that code word for that Indian chick he was found hanging out with?)

chrisford1 Says:

Now, now, Humble..since you won’t tie the knot with Xisca, what is stopping you from hanging out with Bollywood stars or – if you prefer – Armani models??

Djokovic is a complicated guy, but he doesn’t particularly want his life complicated by an international romance 4,000 miles apart. How would they discretely meet??
My guess is it is not something with Deepika, maybe someone else, maybe about an important matter (moving out of Novaks long time small flat in Monaco, having more kids, fight over something with in-laws involved).

Willow Says:

I Always thought this was a tennis forum ?, but If i ever need relationship guidance, i will be sure to get in touch with Chris Ford1 or Humble Rafa, who seem to know so much about players and their relationships ….

Daniel Says:

Cilic lost to Zverev, bye bye London for him.

Goffin beating DelPo in three, think DelPo is focusing on DC final now. Kyrgios also still alive with Goffin for London. Let’s see who can go deep in shangai.

Djoko won easily and seems set to put the house in order. If he wins Shangai, he basically ends any talk of him losing #1 ranking this year. On hos racquet now.

Van Persie Says:

Could only watch the scores today,..and so many interesting matches :(
Was impressed, that Goffin won today. Was so sure, that Delpo would win. Looks like David has the potential to be in top 10 next year. Same about Sascha, who is in top 20 starting with next week, if I am not wrong.
And am so glad, that Nole started well the tournament, even if I did read somewhere, that Fogna made a lot of mistakes today, so he was not so much of a challenge.

Willow Says:

Regarding Delpo, i still have doubts on his stamina over a full season, thats why although im dissapointed, im not really surprised he lost either, Goffin is a talented player with alot of potential, so hes not exactly a tomato can ….

J-Kath Says:

Goffin is good, but more importantly he is earnest. He wants to win. Came to fame when he took a set off Roger (4/5/6 years ago?). He seems to be taking over the middle ground from David Ferrer, who, alas, is close to retirement.

Van Persie Says:

^^ I’m afraid with giants like Kyrgios, Zverev, Goffin could have the same faith like Ferrer in top 10.

Temple Says:

Van Persie, which proves height is the bane of almost all major sports nowadays and reinforces soccer as the perennial #1 sport, the only truly democratic sport where a fat dwarf like Maradona can become the best player in the world.

But we still love tennis, regardless…

Van Persie Says:

Lol Temple, that with Hand of God is good.

Khb Says:

Goffin’s still improving in his middle age.
Roddick was already washed up in 2004, just after winning Mickey Mouse titles. Only good for Western media & Fed. Lol

A terribly injured Ljubicic whipped Roddick and the old, pained Agassi
to win davis cup. Nothing to brag about.

J-Kath Says:

VP: Yes, alas, Goffin will not soar to the top. He’s one of the most decent human-beings in the game (like Ferrer) -so hope he does as well as Ferrer eventually.

Van Persie Says:

J-K, Ferrer had, and still has, an honorable carreer, but I think it is a bit frustrating to be such a long time in top 10, even top 5, and not to lift a Slam trophy. And he worked so hard to be there.
I like Goffin aswell very much. I will alsk say, I like his game more then Ferrer’s. Plays a bit smarter.

Danica Says:

Agree with you Willow on DelPo. He plays great when he is fresh but several tournaments in a row, no way he gets deep.At least not yet.

J-Kath Says:

He’s the opposite of Goffin – he’s almost too large – not necessarily by height but having to carry all that bulk and while he runs pretty fast at the moment …the need to do so seems to wear him out.

VP: Ferrer is so modest, unassuming. At the same time he is a terrier – he never stops trying. However, I doubt he’ll continue much longer.

Margot Says:

VP: much prefer Goffin’s game to Ferrer’s. Ferrer has maximised his talent and beyond, and I admire him for it but “terrier tennis” doesn’t appeal. Goffin seems much more sparky.
Just seen Big Berd get beat. Every time he trundled to the net, he either netted a volley or Granollers passed him.
I don’t know if he’s yet to recover from the op., or he too is slowing down.
Tempus fugit.

Van Persie Says:

Yep , Margot, totally agree about Goffin and Ferrer.
Big Berd lost today, but what is happening with Nick? Mischa is cleaning up the draw for his younger bruder? He just took the 1 set.

Van Persie Says:

and Grigor lost too, so Djoko vs. Pospisil it is tomorrow.

Margot Says:

VP: I wonder if it’s a case of “win one, lose one.” After winning last tourney, naughty Nick has decided on a little R and R.
And Viktor takes the first set. Omg he’s lost a lot of weight, used to be quite chunky. Is he following Nole’s diet now? :)
Anyway, has done him good, looking mighty fast on his pins.

Van Persie Says:


Cannot see the Viktor-Rafa match. Am following the scores only…
Would be something, if Viktor started to eat only vegetables…and when Wog Boy will post, that he’s also vegan, I will then know, that the end of the world is near :)

Van Persie Says:

Ok, Rafa was not at his best lately…but still, am surprised, that he’s out.

Margot Says:

LOl VP! But veggie diet has worked because out goes Rafa. Well played Mr Slinky Slimline. Sorry to Rafa’s gals on here.
He’s starting to remind me of Fed- one brilliant shot followed by a shank etc. The ultra consistent Rafa of old seems gone.

Van Persie Says:


Do you have butterflies in the stomach after so many upsets?
“Your guy” has to play now :D
Good luck to him!

Margot Says:

Andy played like a dream, very aggressively with 41% of shots taken within the baseline and running round like a gazelle!
VP: rather fewer than I used to have. Something has changed this year in him or me lol.

Van Persie Says:

Congrats for that! Perhaps you both changed ;)

Have no big expectations for tomorrow (regarding Novak), after all what happened today. Anything can happen.

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