Highlights of Shanghai Masters 2017


Luka Dragoljic, Reporter

Rafael Nadal beats the Bulgarian and move on to the Semi’s

Rafael Nadal kept alive his hopes of clinching a 31st ATP World Tour Masters 1000 trophy on Friday at the Shanghai Rolex Masters in a resurgent season that could end with the Spanish superstar becoming year-end No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings for a fourth time (also 2008, 2010, 2013).
The World No. 1 defeated number 6 on the rankings the Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov with a total score of 6-4, 6-7(4), 6-3 for a place in the semi-finals against fourth seed Marin Cilic of Croatia, who has not dropped a set all week at the Qi Zhong Stadium.
“It was a very tough match,” said Nadal. “I think both of us, we played at a very high level of tennis. The conditions, of course, have been different today than my two previous matches. I think [it was] a great battle between two players who are playing all the time very focused, very intense points all the time. I think both of us served very well during the whole match, so yeah, it was decided on just a few balls, and anything can happen.”
When Nadal was asked about playing against Cilic, Nadal stated that “He always is very dangerous opponent, and I think this surface, this court helps him. It’s a very fast court. He’s able to go for the shots from the baseline. It will be a tough one. I know that I need to be very focused with my serve again, and I need to play aggressive and don’t let him play from comfortable positions. If not, I will be almost dead because he is going to go for the shots.”

Del Potro Prevails against Viktor Troicki and Moves on the Semi-Finals in Shanghai

While at times it looked as if Juan Martin del Potro was in trouble, the Argentine continued his last-ditch effort to climb the Emirates ATP Race To London standings with a 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 victory over Viktor Troicki, advancing to his second semi-final at Shanghai.
The victory over the serb markes his 7th win against him in a row.
In his post-match press conference, del Potro said that he would go to a local hospital to get an MRI on his wrist.
“I’m glad to reach semi-finals in this tournament, but to be honest now, as I say always, the health is the first of all of my life, and I have been dealing with all my injuries in the past, and now it’s time to take care of my body, see what the MRI say or what the doctor says,” del Potro said. “But if nothing dangerous happened, I will be here for play tomorrow and doing my best.”
Del Potro arrived in Shanghai at No. 25 in the Race, but his strong efforts have maintained his hopes high and boosted his confidence. With the win against Troicki, he has managed to earn a total of 360 points so far this week, and could move up to No. 11 in the Race if he goes on to win the tournament.
Del Potro, who will return to the Top 20 of the Emirates ATP Rankings on Monday for the first time since the 6th of October 2014, will next face No. 2 in the rankings, Roger Federer.
Federer takes a 16-6 lead over del Potro regarding the matches they played against one another. The Argentine won their last tilt in the quarter-final of the US Open in September.

Roger Federer Beats Richard Gasquet to Move on to the Semi’s

Roger Federer moved another step closer to earning his second Shanghai Rolex Masters title on Friday with a 7-5, 6-4 win over Richard Gasquet in just one hour and 18 minutes to advance to the semi-finals, where he will play No. 16 seed Juan Martin del Potro.
“I thought it was a really good match. Some big points, important shots at the right time for both guys sometimes to stay even, and we both created chances,” Federer said. “I thought we were able to keep up the level from the beginning till the very end…I enjoyed it because it was slices and topspins and angles and power and finesse. I think the match had a bit of everything.”
Federer said that during his press conference that he saw del Potro fall and hurt his left wrist during the Argentine’s quarter-final victory against Viktor Troicki, and a reporter informed the Swiss that del Potro went to the hospital to get an MRI.
“I hope for him that it’s nothing serious. Of course it’s on the wrist, as well, that he’s had problems in the past, so this is where he’s worried, rightfully so. For me, at the end of the day, nothing changes. I’m ready to come out here tomorrow and see the match like it’s a revenge chance for the US Open, where it was tight and I couldn’t win. So I see that more than his injury,” Federer said. “But I hope for now that Juan Martin can recover and we can play a normal match.”