SHANGHAI ROLEX MASTERS 2012
Nishikori Wins Shanghai Opener; Mayer Beats Tomic
by ATP Staff|
Kei Nishikori, the No. 14 seed, who became the first Japanese player to win the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships on Sunday, opened his Shanghai Rolex Masters campaign 48 hours later with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Chinese wild card Di Wu in 72 minutes.
“Obviously, it's not easy to play [so soon] after winning the tournament,” said 22-year-old Nishikori, who comes into the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament at a career-high No. 15 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings. “But I had a good day today…I love to play here.” Last year, he reached the semi-finals.
Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka, the No. 13 seed, battled past Albert Ramos of Spain, converting two of his 10 break point opportunities, for a 7-6(1), 7-6(5) victory in one hour and 53 minutes.
“This year has been a little bit different,” said Tomic. “It's been defending points, defending stuff. I started feeling the pressure. I wasn't prone to pressure growing up, 16, 17. Now, I think it's starting to hit me the last five, six months. It's costing me. It's been a massive road this year. I didn't plan my schedule as I should have and it's cost me a lot of matches that I probably should have won."