Nadal marches into Shanghai Masters quarters

Nadal and Federer resumed their battle for the year-end number one ranking with imperious victories to reach the third round of the Shanghai Masters on Wednesday.

Yesterday, Nadal, who is still in the market for his first Shanghai Rolex Masters title, had little trouble dispatching American Jared Donaldson 6-2, 6-1 in just 54 minutes as he extended his winning streak to 13 matches on a rain-hit day at the Qi Zhong Stadium.

Federer, playing his first tournament since losing to Juan Martin del Potro in the quarter-finals of the US Open, later breezed through with a 6-4 6-2 win over Alexandr Dolgopolov.

Although Goffin's first-serve figures were superior to his opponent's, per Flashscores.com, Simon managed to convert two crucial break points to his foe's none in a match that was decided by the finest of margins.

Besides, after the heavy dose of four- and five-hour baseline epics we've experienced in recent years, crisp, three- or four-stroke points, leavened now and then with an exciting, lengthy rally, look pretty attractive.

Serving at 30-30 in the 12th game of the first set, a forehand by Kyrgios was called out. "That only came by me winning the Australian, Indian Wells and Miami".

"I'm not that far away (from 100 titles) it seems, but there is no point to really to think about it on a daily basis". Plus a lot of them think, 'Roger might be able to do that, but Rafa doesn't.

Victory moved Dimitrov to fifth in the ATP Race To London, with the top eight sealing a place at the O2 next month. While the bulk of Federer's success can be attributed to his epochal genius, some of it might also owe indirectly to the unexpected struggles that befell those superb defenders Djokovic and Andy Murray.

"An attacker has to defend a certain amount of space when he comes to the net", Shiras said. I just had to be ready for anything.

The Swiss ace skipped the entire clay court swing of the season, taking almost a nine-week break in order to remain fresh for the rest of the campaign and give him a better chance in tournaments like Wimbledon and the US Open, which play more to his strengths unlike the clay court events.

"Today, I was trying to stay calm all the time in the match", said Chung, who only won one game when he played Bautista Agut in Dubai in 2016.

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