In the penultimate Masters 1000 event of the year there isn’t really much up for grabs. The Race to London has all but been confirmed for months and there just is no challenge from outside the top ten however every player would love to finish the season on form.
One of the questions is, why has Dimitrov withdrawn from Shanghai? I’ve tried to find the reason but I can’t so if anyone knows then that would be lovely. Either way it’s the first time since August 2012 that Dimitrov has missed/skipped a Masters 1000 event since August 2012 when he got knocked out of the first qualifying round in Cincinnati and has appeared in the last 27 Masters 1000 events but that run will be now broken.
I mentioned the World Tour Finals being pretty much decided months ago and of course winning a Masters 1000 events means it will reward you with 1000 points on the tour and over 1000 points currently separates Ferrer in 8th and Gasquet in 9th so it will need something special for him to qualify but he could do it if there are any withdrawals.
Better showing this year?
Last year only four of the 16th seeds made it to the quarter finals in Shanghai. Those four players were Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, David Ferrer and Tomas Berdych but surely the others will perform better this year? 5 of the top 9 seeds went out before the third round last year so surely it will be better?
Tough, tough draw!
With just two Masters 1000 tournaments left in Shanghai and Paris these are Nadal’s last chances to end the season with one of these titles. The last time Nadal finished a year without a Masters 1000 title to his name was back in 2004 and the last time he won in Shanghai was back in 2005 and he has never won in Paris but will it change? Nadal had a good week in Tokyo and now he faces a tough test in Shanghai and the draw hasn’t done him any favours…
It’s going to be tough from the start. You’ve got the power of either Chardy or Karlovic followed by more power in Raonic and then he could face three of the top six to win his first Masters 1000 title of the year.
It feels like it has been ages since we’ve seen Andy Murray play but he does return to Shanghai where he has had success in the past. Andy has won Shanghai on three occasions and was the runner up in 2012 with a win percentage of 85% in Shanghai his highest at any Masters 1000 event however he did go out at the third round last year so will be hoping for a better tournament. Andy receives a BYE for round one and will play either Andreas Seppi or Steve Johnson in round two. The Brit has Tomas Berdych in his quarter of the draw with Novak in his half but Wawrinka, Nadal, Federer and Nishikori all on the other half.
Previews, Reviews etc…!
There will be previews, reviews and maybe (hopefully) a few tactical pieces throughout the week as the best in men’s tennis fight for second but last Masters 1000 titles of the year with the only winners this year being Novak Djokovic (4 titles), Andy Murray (2 titles) and Roger Federer (1 title).