Shanghai, China (SportsNetwork.com) - Ninth seed Richard Gasquet suffered
an opening-round upset, while surging Canadian star Milos Raonic advanced at
the $3.85 million Shanghai Masters tennis event.
Promising Canadian Vasek Pospisil doused the U.S. Open semifinalist and world
No. 10 Gasquet 6-3, 6-4, while last week's Tokyo runner-up and the recent
Bangkok champion Raonic, seeded 10th this week, handled Polish qualifier
Michal Przysiezny 6-4, 6-4 on the hardcourts at Qizhong Forest Sports City
"It's a huge win for me," Pospisil said after ousting Gasquet.
In other first-round action involving seeds, No. 12 Japanese Kei Nishikori
topped Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov 6-3, 6-4; Benoit Paire upset No. 13 fellow
Frenchman Gilles Simon 6-4, 6-3; No. 15 Spaniard Nicolas Almagro got past
Japanese qualifier Go Soeda 7-6 (7-5), 6-2; and No. 16 resurgent Spaniard
Tommy Robredo whipped compatriot Albert Montanes 6-4, 6-1.
Several other men reached the second round, including Italians Fabio Fognini
and Andreas Seppi, who drubbed wild card and former world No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt
6-4, 6-2, Austrian Jurgen Melzer, German Philipp Kohlschreiber, Frenchman
Jeremy Chardy, Spaniards Fernando Verdasco and Feliciano Lopez, South African
Kevin Anderson, and Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov. Verdasco will tangle with
the formidable Raonic on Wednesday.
Second-round matches will also come Wednesday for this week's top-eight seeds,
each of whom received opening-round byes. Top seed Novak Djokovic will take on
Spaniard Marcel Granollers, while second seed, new world No. 1 and 2009
Shanghai runner-up Rafael Nadal will battle Dolgopolov, and 2010 Shanghai
runner-up Roger Federer will face Seppi.
The Australian Open champion and U.S. Open and Wimbledon runner-up Djokovic is
the reigning Shanghai Masters champ, having beaten then two-time reigning
champion Andy Murray in last year's final. Djokovic also beat the U.S. and
French Open champion Nadal this past Sunday in the final at the China Open in
French Open runner-up and 2011 Shanghai finalist David Ferrer, Tomas Berdych
and last week's Tokyo titlist Juan Martin del Potro will also be among those
seeing action on Day 4.
This week's champion will collect $730,000.
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