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Mayer Upsets Ferrer; Tsonga Joins Fellow London Contender Del Potro In QFs

Shanghai, China

Mayer© Getty ImagesFlorian Mayer beat David Ferrer in Shanghai on Thursday.

Barclays ATP World Tour Finals qualifier David Ferrer was beaten on Thursday in the Shanghai Rolex Masters third round.

Florian Mayer snapped a four-match losing against Ferrer - with his first win since May 2005 at Dusseldorf - to reach the quarter-finals for the second time in three years (also 2011 – l. to F. Lopez).

Mayer knocked out 2011 runner-up Ferrer with a 6-4, 6-3 win in 81 minutes for his first Top 10 win of the year (1-9 in 2013 and 10-42 lifetime). 

Ferrer qualified for the season finale, to be held at The O2 in London from 4-11 November, on Monday. He dropped to a 50-18 match record on the season.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga added 90 points in the Emirates ATP Race to London as he booked a spot in the last eight against Mayer.

Tsonga, who is currently in 11th position in the Race standings, broke a two-match losing streak against Kei Nishikori with a 7-6(5), 6-0 win in 90 minutes to step up his chances of obtaining one of the five remaining singles berths at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals

Earlier in the day, Juan Martin del Potro advanced to the last eight without striking a ball when 35-year-old Tommy Haas withdrew due to a back injury. Del Potro, who is currently fifth in the Emirates ATP Race To London, will next face 14th-placed Nicolas Almagro

Almagro won the longest match of the day against Berdych, who is sixth-placed in the Emirates ATP Race To London, 6-7(6), 6-3, 7-6(4) in two hours and 37 minutes.

If del Potro reaches the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final on Sunday he will qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.

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Nestor, PaesDoubles Seeds Begin Shanghai Title Bids

Three of the top four doubles teams advanced to the quarter-finals. 

Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan opened their campaigns for a 26th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 doubles trophy with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Spaniards Pablo Andujar and Feliciano Lopez. The American twins have won 10 trophies this season. 

Second seeds Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez defeated Colin Fleming and Jonathan Marray 6-3, 6-4 to push their cases for a chance to retain the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals title.

Robert Lindstedt and Vasek Pospisil overcame third seeds Daniel Nestor and Leander Paes (pictured) 7-5, 3-6, 13-11, while fourth seeds Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi and Jean-Julien Rojer scraped past Poles Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski 6-4, 3-6, 10-7.

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