Anderson, Querrey Keep Finals Hopes On Track In Shanghai
Kevin Anderson and Sam Querrey made improvements on their respective chances of making debut appearances at the Nitto ATP Finals on Tuesday with both posting straight-sets first-round triumphs at the Shanghai Rolex Masters. No. 11 seed Anderson had an impressive 6-3, 6-1 victory over last week’s Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships runner-up Adrian Mannarino while No. 10 seed Querrey landed a dominant 6-3, 6-2 result over Japan’s Yuichi Sugita.
Anderson will face Jan-Lennard Struff for a quarter-final berth. The German advanced when compatriot Mischa Zverev, who was leading 6-3, 5-6, retired due to heat exhaustion.
Querrey broke twice on his way to a 4-0 second-set lead and comfortably carried the advantage to the finish line. He brought up three match points with his 10th ace and two points later booked a second-round meeting with #NextGenATP compatriot Frances Tiafoe.
Another of the big servers, No. 12 seed John Isner, narrowly prevailed over Serbian qualifier Dusan Lajovic. Isner saved a match point at 5/6 in the third-set tie-break and soon closed out a 2-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(6) victory. He will next face Greek #NextGenATP qualifier Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Two players’ chances of making a late-season charge for a debut Nitto ATP Finals berth took a blow on Tuesday, however. No. 7 seed Pablo Carreno Busta fell in an all-Spanish second-round encounter to Albert Ramos-Vinolas, 7-5, 7-5.
Fresh from making his debut in the Emirates ATP Top 50 Rankings, #NextGenATP Canadian Denis Shapovalov faded in a three-set defeat to Viktor Troicki. The Serbian finished strongly for a 6-7(3), 6-3, 6-0 result over the 18-year-old wild card.