SHANGHAI ROLEX MASTERS 2013
Nadal Untroubled In Opener; Ferrer Claims 50th Win
by ATP Staff|
World No. 1 Rafael Nadal cruised into the Shanghai Rolex Masters third round on Wednesday evening with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Alexandr Dolgopolov. The Spaniard was playing his first match since returning to the top of the Emirates ATP Rankings.
The 27-year-old Nadal won 77 per cent of his service points, not facing a break point, and broke Dolgopolov three times to advance in 59 minutes. The Spaniard had earlier sat courtside to watch a few games of Roger Federer’s opening match.
"The court is fast, faster than the previous years," said Nadal. "I think I played a good match. To win against Dolgopolov the way I did is because I did a lot of things well. The serve worked great. Something that didn't happen last week. That's a very important thing."
Nadal is chasing his 11th tour-level title of a remarkable season, which has seen him win Roland Garros and the US Open. He is attempting to make history by winning his sixth ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title of the season.
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Third seed David Ferrer recorded his 50th win of the season as he dismissed Lukas Rosol 6-3, 6-4 in 72 minutes. The Spaniard, who qualified for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals on Monday, made 80 per cent of his serves and broke Rosol three times.
The 31-year-old Ferrer reached his first Grand Slam final earlier in the year at Roland Garros (l. to Nadal) and is chasing his third title of the season, having triumphed in Auckland (d. Kohlschreiber) and Buenos Aires (d. Wawrinka). He reached the final in Shanghai on his last appearance in 2011, finishing runner-up to Andy Murray.
Barclays ATP World Tour Finals contender Stanislas Wawrinka survived a close encounter with Kevin Anderson. The ninth-seeded Swiss edged Anderson 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(5) in two hours and 16 minutes, facing 21 aces from the South African.
Wawrinka is currently in line to qualify for the season finale for the first time, in eighth position in the Emirates ATP Race To London. The 28 year old has had a career-best season, reaching his first Grand Slam semi-final at the US Open, where he upset Andy Murray before falling to Novak Djokovic in five sets.
Wawrinka’s fellow London contender, Milos Raonic, also came through a tight contest, edging Fernando Verdasco 7-6(1), 3-6, 6-3 in just over two hours. The Canadian has put on a late charge to London during the Asian swing, winning the Bangkok title (d. Berdych) and finishing runner-up last week in Tokyo (l. to del Potro).
John Isner suffered a major blow in his outside chances of qualifying for London, falling 6-4, 7-6(4) to Carlos Berlocq. The American dropped to a 37-22 match record on the season, while Berlocq advances to face Nadal.