Shanghai Rolex Masters 2014
Shanghai Masters Men's Singles Tuesday Oct 7
R2: Mikhail Kukushkin beat 16-Kevin Anderson 6-4 6-2
R2: Ivo Karlovic beat Lu Yen-Hsun 7-6(6) 6-3
R1: Leonardo Mayer beat Wu Di 6-4 6-1
R1: 11-Andy Murray beat Teymuraz Gabashvili 6-1 7-5
R1: Jerzy Janowicz beat Edouard Roger-Vasselin 3-6 7-5 7-6(6)
R1: Ivan Dodig beat Pablo Cuevas 7-5 6-2
R1: Wang Chuhan beat 15-Fabio Fognini 7-6(5) 6-4
R1: Vasek Pospisil beat Santiago Giraldo 6-2 6-7(5) 6-1
R1: Martin Klizan beat Samuel Groth 7-6(1) 6-3
R1: Julien Benneteau beat Zhang Ze 5-7 6-3 6-3
R1: Feliciano Lopez beat Thanasi Kokkinakis 6-7(12) 6-3 6-4
R1: Gilles Simon beat Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 3-6 6-0 6-1
R1: Steve Johnson beat Andrey Golubev 6-3 1-6 6-3
R1: Mikhail Youzhny beat 12-Ernests Gulbis 6-4 6-1
Shanghai Masters Men's Singles First Round Monday Oct 6
Jack Sock beat Bernard Tomic 7-6(4) 6-7(4) 6-4
10-Grigor Dimitrov beat Denis Istomin 6-3 6-3
Richard Gasquet beat Jeremy Chardy 7-6(7) 6-2
16-Kevin Anderson beat James Ward 3-6 6-3 6-2
Ivo Karlovic beat 9-Marin Cilic 7-5 2-6 7-6(2)
Lu Yen-Hsun beat Marcel Granollers 6-3 6-7(5) 6-2
13-John Isner beat Pablo Andujar 7-6(5) 1-6 6-3
Juan Monaco beat Joao Sousa 6-2 7-6(4)
Malek Jaziri beat Donald Young 7-5 6-4
Murray Safely to R2; No.15 Fognini Stunned by China's Wang; Youzhny Upsets Gulbis
shanghairolexmasters.com: October 7 2014 Shanghai, China - Andy Murray’s opening match against Russian qualifier Teymuraz Gabashvili marked the first time the Scot had to play in the first round of a Masters Series tournament since Hamburg 2008 but he came through with a 6-1,7-5 win that maintains his late challenge for a place in the ATP World Tour Finals next month.
“It's very different conditions here than in Beijing,” reported Murray who won back-to-back Shanghai titles in 2010 and 2011, making the final again a year later. “Courts are different, very different balls. It's quicker here. The ball goes through the air a little bit quicker. But I was hitting the ball pretty clean, so it was a good start.”
Murray might have been the most high profile winner worldwide but without question the best result for the tournament was China’s 553rd ranked wild card Wang Chuhan scoring an emphatic 7 6, 6 4 win over 15th seed Fabio Fognini.
“To be honest, I wasn't that confident,” revealed the 22 year-old from Dalian who was making his ATP World Tour debut and lost in the first round of qualifying last week in Beijing. “But I did practice with him last week.
“My coach basically knows a lot about Fognini, taught me about his techniques, told me how to beat him. I executed well.”
Wang is an admitted Federer fan but being tall and powerful he admits to basing his game on that of the currently absent through injury Juan Martin del Potro. “I think I'm closer to his style, or at least I aspire to get close to his style,” he said.
Two other Chinese players were beaten in the first round: Zhang Ze losing 5-7,6-3,6-3 to the experience of Julian Benneteau and Wu Di was beaten 6-4,6-1 by Mayer. Nevertheless Wang believes the time is getting closer to a player from this nation reaching the top 100.
“Personally I think mostly we Chinese players lack experience in international competition because we don't have very high rankings,” he stressed. “That's why we have a shortage of opportunities to play international players. Every time I have access, I value such an opportunity.”
Karlovic Upsets Croatian Compatriot Cilic in Shanghai Opener; Isner Avoids Upset
shanghairolexmasters.com: October 6 2014 by Courtney Nguyen; Shanghai, China - U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic was the first big name to fall at the 2014 edition of the Shanghai Rolex Masters, taking a tough loss to his countryman Ivo Karlovic 7-5, 2-6, 7-6 (2) in the first round on Monday.
Last week Cilic admitted he was still trying to find his bearings after a whirlwind month of celebration and revelry back home in Croatia. Drained of energy at the China Open, Cilic arrived to Shanghai aiming to get his fall season on track. But the ninth seed just couldn't account for Karlovic's clutch serving down the stretch.
“It's a gamble with him,” Cilic said. “He goes all in or nothing. It's always difficult. He was serving really well towards the end of the match. I couldn't get into his serve. It can happen with Ivo. It's always tricky.”
Earlier in the day, 13th seed John Isner avoided an upset bid from Spain's Pablo Andujar by firing 21 aces to win 7-6 (5), 1-6, 6-3. “I thought the court was great, very nice,” he said. “The speed certainly wasn't too fast or too slow. Happy medium.”
Karlovic obviously didn't mind them either. “I like them obviously because I won,” he said with a laugh.
In other results, Donald Young didn't have the good fortune -- or the serve -- of his American compatriot, falling 7-5, 6-2 to Tunisian qualifier Malek Jaziri. Argentinian wildcard Juan Monaco progressed with a 6-2, 7-6 (4) win over Joao Sousa and Lu Yen-Sun earned a hard-fought win over Marcel Granollers, 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-2.
While the action heated up on court, world No. 1 and two-time defending champion Novak Djokovic was the picture of calm as he addressed the media for his pre-tournament press conference. Djokovic arrived in Shanghai at 3am Monday morning, just a few hours after winning his fifth China Open title. The Serb went undefeated in China last year and he's aiming to do it again this year.
“The biggest reason (I play well is) because I really feel very welcomed and I feel good as soon as I come to Chinese soil,” Djokovic said. “A lot of fans, a lot of people following me, supporting me, making me feel like at home.”
In other results 16th seed Kevin Anderson rallied from asset down to beat British qualifier James Ward 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 while the all French-affair between Richard Gasquet and Jeremy Chardy saw the former advance 7-6(7), 6-2.
Tuesday brings the return of two-time champion Andy Murray, who was forced to skip the tournament last year after undergoing season-ending back surgery. Murray, ranked No. 11, has made at least the final in each of the three years he's played the event. He is currently in the hunt to finish in the top eight and qualify for the ATP World Tour Finals. The Brit will look to regain his Shanghai mojo against Russian qualifier Teymuraz Gabashvili.
Also up on Tuesday is No. 13 Ernests Gulbis. The gifted Latvian opens play on Stadium Court against Russian veteran Mikhail Youzhny. With their racquet-smashing sensibilities and competitive fire this should be an entertaining affair. But if a contrast of styles is more the go, big-hitting Guillermo Garcia-Lopez will try and upend the scrambling counter-punching skills of No. 29 Gilles Simon.
The home crowd will also have someone to cheer for on Day 3, as China's No. 1 Zhang Ze and No. 2 Wu Di take the court for their first round matches. Zhang plays Frenchman Julien Benneteau and Wu takes on Argentina's Leonardo Mayer in the last match on the Stadium Court.