Marcel Granollers (Player Profile) threw out Janko Tipsarevic in the first round, but was outclassed by the highest-ranked Serb Novak Djokovic (Player Profile)today as the current World number two stormed through his Shanghai Rolex Masters opener, surrendering only a couple of games along the way. The top seed was the only one to produce break points in the opening set which he served out backed by a double break cushion. He stole the Spanish opponent’s serve three consecutive times in the second set to deliver him a bagel and seal a 6-2, 6-0 victory. Next up for Nole is Fabio Fognini who advanced to the third round after sixteenth-seeded Tommy Robredo retired in the beginning of the second set.
Fifth seed Roger Federer (Player Profile) was not all that impressive in the opening set against Andreas Seppi (Player Profile) whom he had beaten nine times out of nine prior to the second round clash in Shanghai. Luckily for the Swiss Maestro, his Italian rival only converted one out of the five break points he had produced in the early stages, so the players were still tied at 4-4 after splitting two breaks between them. In the ninth game Federer went 15-30 down, yet he first pulled off an ace before eventually holding a vital serve and pouncing on the opponent in the follow-up game. He acquired a double set point by putting away an emphatic smash and took the set after a long exchange which ended with Seppi’s error. The Swiss now regained his confidence and controlled the second set in which he broke early on to build a 3-0 advantage and was keeping the opponent at bay with a lively and versatile display. His shots were accurate, whilst the Italian struggled due to numerous unforced errors and could not endanger Roger before the latter was serving for the match. Some hope emerged for Seppi as he grabbed the first two rallies, yet the former number one bailed himself out with a couple of aces (the first one was on second serve) and ultimately entered the round of 16 by winning 6-4, 6-3. His next challenger will be France’s Gael Monfils who sent home Canadian Vasek Pospisil by defeating him 7-5, 7-6 (4).
Also through to the third round is seed number three David Ferrer who bounced back after dropping a serve in the opening game of the clash against Lukas Rosol of Czech Republic to win 6-3, 6-4. He will now square off against German Florian Mayer who also advanced in straight sets, beating Frenchman Benoit Paire 7-6 (1), 7-5. The last third round pair in the top part of the draw will consist of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Kei Nishikori. The seventh seed Frenchman had an easy day at the office as he dismissed Pablo Andujar of Spain by breaking him four times in two sets to win 6-3, 6-2, whilst the twelfth-seeded Japanese prevailed over Austrian Jurgen Melzer after a devastating performance in the decider. The result: 6-4, 3-6, 6-1.