Live online from Sunday 5 October, the 2014 Shanghai Rolex Masters sees Novak Djokovic lead the field as he hopes to defend his Shanghai Masters title.
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Only three men have won the Shanghai Rolex Masters since its inception in 2009 and Novak Djokovic is one of them. Champion in Shanghai in 2012 and 2013, when he defeated Juan Martin del Potro to claim the title, Djokovic returns in 2014 to defend the trophy as world no. 1, a ranking he reclaimed when he won Wimbledon for the second time in the summer, defeating Roger Federer in the final.
Djokovic still has to clinch the year-end world no. 1 ranking and lift it out of the hands of Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, both of whom are in the Shanghai Masters field, and he is aiming to win his fourth Masters 1000 title of 2014 after triumphing in Indian Wells, Miami and Rome.
Djokovic dives for the ball in Shanghai in 2013 (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
Roger Federer has never won the Shanghai Masters, reaching the final in 2010 when he lost to Andy Murray, losing to Murray again in the semifinals in 2012 and falling in the third round to Gael Monfils last year. But Federer in 2014 has proved a very different commodity from the 17-time Grand Slam champion’s last season and he heads into the Shanghai Rolex Masters, after a three-week break following his triumphant Davis Cup semifinal performance, with titles in Dubai, Halle and Cincinnati already under his belt. Now looking for his 23rd Masters 1000 crown, Federer should be refreshed and will mount a very serious challenge in Shanghai.
Rafael Nadal in action in Shanghai in 2013 (PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)
World no. 2 Rafael Nadal, seeded second at the Shanghai Rolex Masters, has also never won the title in Shanghai. Finalist in the tournament’s first year in 2009, when he lost to Nikolay Davydenko, Nadal fell to del Potro in the 2013 semifinals.
Nadal comes into the Shanghai Masters on a comeback kick after missing the entire US Open Series due to a right wrist injury. Returning in Beijing, Nadal’s form looks promising despite a shock quarterfinal loss to Martin Klizan and after capturing just one Masters 1000 title so far this season – at Madrid – and no hard-court titles since Doha in January, Nadal will be aiming to prove that he’s as good as ever and close Djokovic’s lead on him for the world no. 1 ranking.
While Djokovic, Federer and Nadal have already sealed their qualification for the ATP World Tour Finals in November, there’s an intense battle going on for the remaining five spots and Shanghai will play a crucial role in determining who gets them. Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka looks set to qualify and a good performance in Shanghai could put him over the edge, but just 600 points separate the man in fifth – US Open champion Marin Cilic – from the man in eleventh place, Wimbledon semifinalist Grigor Dimitrov.
Andy Murray (MARK RALSTON/AFP/GettyImages)
All of the challengers will be in action at the Shanghai Rolex Masters with Andy Murray heading the chasing pack. Murray, who won Shanghai in 2010 and 2011, has recently started to recover some form after a torrid season, winning his first title of 2014 at the Shenzen Open and reaching the China Open semifinals and could be supremely dangerous in Shanghai.
Also in contention for an ATP World Tour Finals spot – and chasing down their first Masters 1000 titles – are 2014 breakthrough stars Kei Nishikori, Milos Raonic and Grigor Dimitrov, with US Open champion Marin Cilic and veterans Tomas Berdych and David Ferrer also among the field.
The 2014 Shanghai Rolex Masters promises some extraordinary tennis and no-holds-barred competition as the best in men’s tennis battle at the penultimate Masters 1000 event of the season, beginning Sunday 5 October.
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