Federer, Djokovic and Murray Advance in Shanghai

Novak Djokovic


The top three playersRoger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray reached the third round of the Shanghai Rolex Masters on Wednesday.

No. 2 Djokovic had an easy victory over Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria 6-3, 6-2 Wednesday.

The Serbian dominated on serve throughout the match not allowing any break points chances and never losing more than one point in a game.

“Very pleased with my serving in Beijing and obviously the first match today,” Djokovic said. “Relying on the serve in today’s tennis is a big advantage. So I try to get as many free points as possible. It helped me a lot to defeat my opponent.”

Two-time defending champion Andy Murray moved on without having to set foot on court – Germany’s Florian Mayer of Germany withdrew due to a rib injury.

Speaking to media after his Mayer’s withdrawal, he was asked if the players would have boycotted the 2013 Australian Open to try to get a higher percentage of Grand Slam revenues.

“I think the Australian Open has stepped up really well. They’ve obviously listened to the players and the ATP and have made a real effort to improve things,” said Murray.

“You know, from my side, I never viewed striking at the Australian Open as a real option.

“From all the players I’ve spoken to so far, everyone’s been very happy with the increases in the prize money and their plan over the next few years, as well. Hopefully that’s something we won’t need to worry about for a while.”


In the last match on center court, Roger Federer made it past China’s Rendy Lu 6-3, 7-5. Lu upped his game in the second set to make it a tight battle. Federer broke Lu in the 11th game and held at love to close out the match.

“I thought it was a good match for me,” said Federer. “Obviously, not having been broken is a good thing early on in a tournament. You hope it sets a trend for more to come.”

Federer has extra security around him due to  an online death threat made before the tournament and he says that he feels fine.

“There was maybe one quick thought, ” Federer told media. “I saw one of the bodyguards outside of the court. I thought, still around, obviously. I have bodyguards every time I play a match on a center court, which is normal.

“Once the match started, got underway, I never thought about it again.”

Should Federer lose to countryman Stan Wawrinka on Thursday and Djokovic go on to win the tournament, Djokovic would move back to No. 1. If Federer wins on Thursday he would be No. 1 for an ATP World Tour record 300th week.

“I’m obviously excited,” said Federer. “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 there was a lot on the line, so this is just another one. Obviously it’s not a final, so I’m not going to go in super nervous about it. It’s just more the difficulty also playing a good friend. That adds to the special occasion tomorrow.”

A number to seeds fell on Wednesday in Shanghai – 11th seed Richard Gasquet fell to veteran Radek Stepanek 6-4, 6-4,  Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus upset 12th seed Milos Raonic of Canada 7-6 (4), 6-7 (5), 7-6 (3), Sam Querrey stopped Kei Nishikori who was nursing an ankle injury from last week 2-6, 6-2, 6-4. Other seeds knocked out included (15) Gilles Simon and (16) Philipp Kohlschreiber.

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Singles – Second Round
[1] R Federer (SUI) d [Q] Y Lu (TPE) 63 75
[2] N Djokovic (SRB) d G Dimitrov (BUL) 63 62
[3] A Murray (GBR) d F Mayer (GER) w/o (wrist)
[4] T Berdych (CZE) d A Seppi (ITA) 63 63
[5] J Tsonga (FRA) d B Paire (FRA) 76(7) 75
[6] J Tipsarevic (SRB) d V Troicki (SRB) 62 76(3)
R Stepanek (CZE) d [11] R Gasquet (FRA) 64 64
M Baghdatis (CYP) d [12] M Raonic (CAN) 76(4) 67(5) 76(3)
[13] S Wawrinka (SUI) d D Istomin (UZB) 64 46 64
S Querrey (USA) d [14] K Nishikori (JPN) 26 61 64
A Dolgopolov (UKR) d [15] G Simon (FRA) 63 64
F Lopez (ESP) d [16] P Kohlschreiber (GER) 63 64
T Haas (GER) d [PR] T Robredo (ESP) 63 63

Doubles – Second Round
E Butorac (USA) / P Petzschner (GER) d [1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) 64 36 10-6

Doubles – First Round
M Cilic (CRO) / M Melo (BRA) d C Berlocq (ARG) / A Seppi (ITA) 63 36 10-4
J Melzer (AUT) / M Raonic (CAN) d [WC] Y Chang (CHN) / Z Li (CHN) 61 64
P Andujar (ESP) / F Lopez (ESP) d D Marrero (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP) 63 64
C Fleming (GBR) / R Hutchins (GBR) d [Alt] F Fognini (ITA) / M Klizan (SVK) 57 64 10-5


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)

UNION PAY COURT 3 start 1:00 pm
C Fleming (GBR) / R Hutchins (GBR) vs [3] R Lindstedt (SWE) / H Tecau (ROU)
[7] M Bhupathi (IND) / R Bopanna (IND) vs T Huey (PHI) / J Marray (GBR)
J Melzer (AUT) / M Raonic (CAN) vs [8] A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA)
T Berdych (CZE) / N Zimonjic (SRB) vs [2] M Mirnyi (BLR) / D Nestor (CAN) – After Suitable Rest
M Cilic (CRO) / M Melo (BRA) vs [5] M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL) – After Suitable Rest

COURT 4 start :

Not Before 4:00 PM
[4] L Paes (IND) / R Stepanek (CZE) vs K Anderson (RSA) / S Querrey (USA) – After Suitable Rest
[6] A Qureshi (PAK) / J Rojer (NED) vs P Andujar (ESP) / F Lopez (ESP) – After Suitable Rest