SHANGHAI ROLEX MASTERS 2013
Djokovic, Federer Open Shanghai Campaigns
by ATP Staff|
Novak Djokovic opened his Shanghai Rolex Masters title defence with a statement of intent on Wednesday, defeating Marcel Granollers 6-2, 6-0 in just 71 minutes. The Serb is looking to win his second tournament in a row after triumphing for the fourth time at the China Open last week with victory over new-World No. 1 Rafael Nadal.
The Serb dealt a third bagel set to Granollers as he improved to a 3-0 FedEx ATP Head2Head mark against the Spaniard. He converted five of his 10 break points and hit 26 winners to claim his eighth win in a row.
Djokovic has a 12-2 record in Shanghai, having saved five match points to defeat Andy Murray in the 2012 final. He is looking to win his second ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crown of the season after dethroning eight-time champion Nadal at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters in April.
The 26-year-old Djokovic goes on to face Italian Fabio Fognini, against whom he has a 5-0 FedEx ATP Head2Head record.
Roger Federer made a welcome return to singles action as he defeated Andreas Seppi 6-4, 6-3 to open his Shanghai Rolex Masters campaign. The Swiss was playing his first singles match since a fourth-round exit to Tommy Robredo at the US Open and improved to a 36-12 match record on the season.
Seppi drew first blood in the pair’s 10th meeting as he looked to beat Federer for the first time. The Italian broke for a 3-2 lead, but Federer responded immediately to level the set and saved a break point in the seventh game before breaking Seppi to take the opener. An early break in the second set proved decisive as Federer prevailed in 74 minutes. He goes on to face Gael Monfils.
"Just a tough combination when I got broken," said Federer. "I was able to break back right away still with the used balls. Then with the ball change, I was in the match really.
"It was a big maybe shall I say 20 minutes going up a set and a break, really started to feel comfortable. Even though it remained tough, Seppi did a good job of hanging around. That's the kind of first round match you want in this particular situation I'm in right now."
Federer is looking for a big performance in Shanghai to help secure his place in the eight-man field at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. A six-time winner of the season finale, including twice when it was held in Shanghai in 2006-07, Federer is currently seventh in the Emirates ATP Race To London.