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HindustanTimes Thu,31 Jul 2014

Tennis

Federer makes winning return, Djokovic cruises
Reuters
Shanghai, October 09, 2013
First Published: 22:54 IST(9/10/2013)
Last Updated: 01:39 IST(10/10/2013)

Top seed Novak Djokovic launched his Shanghai Open title defence in fine style, breezing past Spain’s Marcel Granollers 6-2 6-0 on Wednesday.

Roger Federer, playing his first singles match since a fourth-round exit at the US Open, made a brisk return to wining ways, beating Andreas Seppi 6-4 6-3.

Djokovic, who lost his world number one ranking to Rafa Nadal on Monday, needed treatment on his right foot during the second set of his match but it did not stop him from breaking his opponent three times to win at a canter.

“There’s several tournaments left for me, this included, where I will try to go as far as I can... eventually have an opportunity to get back to No. 1 (but) it doesn’t depend only (on) me, it depends (on) Nadal,” said the Serb, who beat Nadal on Sunday in the China Open for his fourth title of the year.

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RUSTY START

Federer, who is drawn to meet Djokovic in the quarter-finals, looked rusty at the start conceding a break in the fifth game against Seppi, who not beaten him in nine meetings.

But the Swiss, who is trying to garner enough points to book his place for next month’s ATP World finale in London, got the break back in the next game to level the match at 3-3 and broke the Italian’s serve once more to take out the first set.

The second set was far more comfortable for the 17-times grand slam winner, who teamed up with little-known Chinese Zhang Ze for doubles action on Monday, as he held on to an early break without facing any problems on his serve.

DEL POTRO STRUGGLES

Sixth seed Juan Martin del Potro overcame a slow start to beat German Philipp Kohlschreiber 3-6 6-3 7-6(4).

Kohlschreiber, ranked number 23 in the world, served 22 aces and hit 50 winners against a sluggish del Potro. But the Argentine, who said he had been feeling ill, fought back to get an early break in the second set and get a grip on the match.

 


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