• Shanghai Masters

Federer, Nadal and Djokovic open campaigns with wins

ESPN staff
October 9, 2013
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Roger Federer has never won the Shanghai Masters, but the Swiss will be looking to add the trophy to his illustrious collection as he kicked off his campaign with a straight-sets win over Andreas Seppi. Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic also recorded wins to reach the last 16.

The record 17-time grand slam champion is playing in his first event since suffering a shock fourth-round loss to Tommy Robredo at the US Open, and is in desperate need of form as the battle for places at the World Tour Finals begins to intensify.

And the way he approached his tie against Seppi suggests the 32-year-old is looking to end the campaign on a high after struggling to make an impact throughout, winning 6-4 6-3.

Federer has only won one title, which came in Halle on his favourite surface of grass. He is currently seventh in the Race to London with eight players set to qualify for the World Tour Finals at London's O2 Arena.

Nadal has backed Federer to reach The O2, and the Spaniard was in the crowd to watch the great man extend his perfect record to 10 wins from 10 against Seppi to reach the next round.

Nadal collected an easy 6-3 6-2 win over Alexandr Dolgopolov in his first match since returning to world No. 1, winning in 58 minutes.

The Spaniard has bounced back from seven months on the sidelines with a fine campaign by winning the French and US Opens, as well as eight other titles.

Nadal is looking to become the first player to win six Masters crowns in a single season having triumphed at Cincinnati, Montreal, Rome, Madrid and Indian Wells.

The only problems Djokovic faced in his opening match as defending champion were with his foot as he demolished Marcel Granollers to reach the last 16.

The Serb has been knocked off the top of the world rankings by Nadal, and there is a steely look of determination from Djokovic as he stormed his way into the next round thanks to a comfortable 6-2 6-0 win.

Knowing he was going to lose his No. 1 status last week, Djokovic followed up his China Open victory over Nadal on Sunday with a devastating display in his opener in Shanghai.

And the only problems the current Australian Open champion faced came at the start of the second set, where after he broke his Spanish opponent required treatment on his right foot, with the trainer going through a lot of tape after Djokovic was testing it out with a mini-exercise.

The pain arrived as he played a double-handed backhand and applied all of his weight on his right foot. The problem did not stop him from recording a bagel in the second set after he took three games on the spin from 3-2 up in the first set.

Novak Djokovic got off to a flyer in the defence of his crown © Getty Images

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