Top Seed Nadal Go Home Early, Murray Advanced To The Quarter Final

Nadal Failed to Advance - Shanghai Rolex Masters 2011

The third round of The Shanghai Rolex Masters 2011, may be an unfavorable outcome for the top-seeded Rafael Nadal, who is trying to reach his twentieth title in the series 1000 ATP World Tour Masters this month. How not, the world’s No. 2 must go home early, which are surprisingly beaten by German Florian Mayer with a score of 6(5)-7 and 3-6.

“It’s a really nice feeling,” said Mayer. “He’s such a great competitor on court. For sure it is the biggest win in my career. I cannot actually believe it right now. But the tournament goes on tomorrow so I have to stay focused for the rest of the week.

“I just am maybe a little bit fitter mentally and physically [than before]. Maybe that’s two per cent or three per cent more. I’m serving very well. Mix it up with serve and volley.”

Mayer, the No. 15 seed who successfully entered into quarter-finals of the Shanghai Rolex Masters 2011, required one hour and 47 minutes to beat the Spanish superstar at the Qi Zhong Stadium on Thursday October 13 2011.

“He played really well,” said Nadal. “I didn’t. I felt that I was not playing bad from the baseline. But my return, when he was serving the first serve, was terrible tonight. I only won four points in whole match [on his] first serve. So I cannot expect win a match when the opponent is playing well, is serving well, is doing very good serve and volleys, returning, and only winning four points with returning the first serve. [I] congratulate him.

“For me today is [a] disappointing day. I think I was doing everything right, practising with good motivation, practicing well in general. I had a good result [at the] US Open. I had a good result last week. Today is a tough lose, that’s the truth. [It] was not my day. I am out of the tournament. I am going to work hard for the next tournament.”

Meanwhile, defending champion and second seed Andy Murray moved into the Shanghai Rolex Masters quarter-finals with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 victory against Swiss No. 13 seed Stanislas Wawrinka in two hours and 12 minutes.
Murray will next challenge Australian qualifier Matthew Ebden, who reached his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 quarter-final. The World No. 124 defeated eighth-seeded Frenchman Gilles Simon 6-2, 2-6, 7-6(8) in two hours and 10 minutes.
Murray, who is looking to complete an Asian swing treble, has won the PTT Thailand Open in Bangkok and the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships.

“I got myself pumped up right at the beginning of the third set,” admitted Murray. “I think it was important. Stan was playing very well. I was trying to control the ball, especially [in the] middle of the second set, I was really struggling. I started dictating a lot of the points with my forehand and trying to get the first strike in ’cause the court is playing very fast. That worked well.

Ferrer Qualifies for Barclays ATP World Tour Finals For Third Time
After advancing to the quarter-finals at The Shanghai Rolex Masters 2011 by defeating his compatriot Juan Carlos Ferrero with a 1-6, 7-5, 6-2 on Thursday, the no. 3 seed David Ferrer joins Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Roger Federer as the other qualified singles players.
David Ferrer will be making his third appearance in the season finale, the second in a row. In 2007, he went undefeated in round robin play and reached the title match, dropping one set along the way before falling to No. 1 Roger Federer.

“This is what I have been fighting for all year,” said Ferrer, who joins countryman Nadal in the year-end championship. “I’ve had a great season with a lot of wins and I can’t wait to return to London. It is such a great event and it is so special to be among the top 8 players once again. The atmosphere is incredible there.”

Other Match Results

Tomas Berdych who last week won the China Open in 2011, failed to continue the pace in Shanghai Rolex Masters 2011. The No. 6 seed and a contender for Barclays ATP World Tour Finals qualification was beaten by Spaniard Feliciano Lopez 4-6, 4-6.

Kei Nishikori of Japan reached the last eight in Shanghai following a hard-fought 7-6(6), 4-6, 6-3 win over Santiago Giraldo of Colombia. The 21 year old will become Japan’s highest-ever ranked male player on Monday and at the same time to break Shuzo Matsuoka’s record who mark of World No. 46 on 6 July 1992.

Andy Roddick (USA) beat Nicolas Almagro (ESP) to advanced to the quarter-finals with a 6-3, 6-4.

Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) beat Bernard Tomic (AUS) : 5-7, 6-1, 6-0

Matthew Ebden (AUS) beat Gilles Simon (FRA) : 6-2, 2-6, 7-6(8)

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