(October 10, 2013) Fifth seed Roger Federer was handed another early round loss, this one coming from Gael Monfils in the third round of the Shanghai Masters on Thursday a 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-3. For the Frenchman, it’s his second win over the 17-time major champion. He is now 2-6 versus Federer.
It was Federer’s first tournament since losing in the fourth round of the US Open to Tommy Haas. Federer stands at No. 7 in the race to London for the ATP World Tour Finals.
The 32-year-old Federer rebounded from 3-5 in the second set and then went on to take the tiebreak to send the match into a third set.
Monfils went up an early break in the third set and was a point away from a 5-1 lead, but the Swiss held to make it 2-4. Monfils was dominant on his serve the rest of the way and closed out the match.
“It’s a good win for me,” Monfils said post-match “I feel a bit sorry for him because I know he’s running for London. But it’s tennis. He’s going to have more opportunity (in) those weeks coming up.”
Monfils will face world No. 2 Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals. Djokovic dismissed Fabio Fognini 6-3, 6-3.
Sixth seed Juan Martin Del Potro advanced to the quarterfinals after Tommy Haas withdrew with an injured back. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga also advanced beating Kei Nishikori 7-6(5) 6-0.
RESULTS – THURSDAY, 10 OCTOBER 2013
Singles – Third Round
 N Djokovic (SRB) d F Fognini (ITA) 63 63
 R Nadal (ESP) d C Berlocq (ARG) 61 76(5)
F Mayer (GER) d  D Ferrer (ESP) 64 63
 N Almagro (ESP) d  T Berdych (CZE) 67(6) 63 76(4)
G Monfils (FRA) d  R Federer (SUI) 64 67(5) 63
 J Del Potro (ARG) d  T Haas (GER) W/O (back)
 J Tsonga (FRA) d  K Nishikori (JPN) 76(5) 60
 S Wawrinka (SUI) d  M Raonic (CAN) 76(2) 64
Doubles – Second Round
 B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) d P Andujar (ESP) / F Lopez (ESP) 63 62
 M Granollers (ESP) / M Lopez (ESP) d C Fleming (GBR) / J Marray (GBR) 62 64
R Lindstedt (SWE) / V Pospisil (CAN) d  D Nestor (CAN) / L Paes (IND) 75 36 13-11
 A Qureshi (PAK) / J Rojer (NED) d M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL) 64 36 10-7
 I Dodig (CRO) / M Melo (BRA) d [WC] R Federer (SUI) / Z Zhang (CHN) 61 16 10-8
T Huey (PHI) / D Inglot (GBR) d  R Bopanna (IND) / E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) 76(4) 57 10-6
J Murray (GBR) / J Peers (AUS) d  J Benneteau (FRA) / N Zimonjic (SRB) 64 62
 D Marrero (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP) d F Fognini (ITA) / A Seppi (ITA) 64 57 10-7
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SCHEDULE – FRIDAY, 11 OCTOBER 2013
STADIUM start 11:45 AM
F Mayer (GER) vs  J Tsonga (FRA)
Not Before 3:00 pm
 J Del Potro (ARG) vs  N Almagro (ESP)
Not Before 6:00 pm
 N Djokovic (SRB) vs G Monfils (FRA)
Not Before 8:00 pm
 S Wawrinka (SUI) vs  R Nadal (ESP)
GRANDSTAND start 2:00 pm
 B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) vs T Huey (PHI) / D Inglot (GBR)
J Murray (GBR) / J Peers (AUS) vs R Lindstedt (SWE) / V Pospisil (CAN)
 A Qureshi (PAK) / J Rojer (NED) vs  I Dodig (CRO) / M Melo (BRA)
 D Marrero (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP) vs  M Granollers (ESP) / M Lopez (ESP)