Shanghai, China (SportsNetwork.com) - Top seeds Novak Djokovic and Rafael
Nadal moved into the quarterfinals, while former world No. 1 great Roger
Federer suffered a third-round upset Thursday at the $3.85 million
Shanghai Masters tennis event.
The reigning Shanghai champion and former world No. 1 Djokovic drubbed Italian
Fabio Fognini 6-3, 6-3, while the second-seeded, newly-crowned No. 1 Nadal
beat Argentine Carlos Berlocq 6-1, 7-6 (7-5) on the hardcourts at Qizhong
Forest Sports City Arena.
The fifth-seeded 2010 Shanghai runner-up Federer succumbed to oft-injured
former top-10 performer Gael Monfils, 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, on Day 5.
"[It was] one of those matches that could have gone either way," said Federer.
"I think I was a little lucky in the second set to get back, to be quite
honest. I played a solid tiebreak.
"I had chances early on in the third set I think to make something happen. He
kind of recovered, then started to serve a bit better again towards the end of
the third set, which made it difficult for me. It's a bit of an up and down
performance for me."
Monfils is now 2-6 lifetime against the 32-year-old 17-time Grand Slam king
"It's a good win for me," said Monfils. "I feel a bit sorry for him because I
know he's running for London. But it's tennis. He's going to have more
opportunity those weeks coming up."
Other big upsets came when German Florian Mayer doused third-seeded Spaniard
and 2011 Shanghai runner-up David Ferrer 6-4, 6-3 and 15th-seeded Spaniard
Nicolas Almagro took out fourth-seeded Czech slugger Tomas Berdych 6-7 (6-8),
6-3, 7-6 (7-4).
Also on Thursday, sixth-seeded Juan Martin del Potro advanced via walkover
when sixth-seeded Tommy Haas was unable to go, while seventh-seeded Jo-
Wilfried Tsonga topped 12th-seeded Japanese Kei Nishikori 7-6 (7-5), 6-0 and
eighth-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka bested 10th-seeded Canadian Milos Raonic 7-6
(7-2), 6-4. Raonic was last week's Tokyo runner-up to del Potro and titled
in Bangkok two weeks ago.
Friday's quarterfinals in Shanghai will pit the Australian Open champion and
U.S. Open and Wimbledon runner-up Djokovic against Monfils, the 2009 Shanghai
runner-up Nadal versus Wawrinka, the former U.S. Open champion del Potro
against Almagro, and Tsonga versus Mayer.
Djokovic defeated then two-time reigning champion Andy Murray in last
year's Shanghai finale. Djokovic beat the U.S. and French Open champion
Nadal in last week's final at the China Open in Beijing.
This week's champion will collect $730,000.
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