Novak Djokovic leads the field at the Shanghai Masters as he bids to claim a record-extending fifth title an tighten his grip on the year-end No. 1 ranking, while two-time winner, Roger Federer also returns to action for the first time since the US Open (excluding the Laver Cup). A typically high quality field also includes eight of the world's top-ten players, with the injured Rafael Nadal being the major exception. The 2019 Shanghai Rolex Masters takes place from 6-13 October 2019.

The penultimate Masters 1000 Series of the year is a key battleground in the fight to qualify for the ATP Finals as the Shanghai Rolex Masters is played at the Qizhong Sports City Arena.

Shanghai Masters Live Streaming

Shanghai Masters tennis is live from 6-13 October with play starting around 1pm local/6am BST. Bookmaker bet365 are offering customers the opportunity to watch a live stream of the matches alongside in-play betting.

Watch and bet on Shanghai Masters tennis live at bet365 > live streaming > tennis (geo-restrictions apply; funded account required or to have placed a bet in the last 24 hours to qualify)

How to watch & bet on Shanghai Masters tennis

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3. Select Live Streaming

4. Select 'Tennis’ from the ‘All Sports’ dropdown menu

5. Enjoy a live stream & in-play betting for Shanghai Masters tennis, live from 7-14 October 2018

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Shanghai Masters tournament schedule

Shanghai Masters Players 2018

Novak Djokovic leads the a typically high-quality field into Shanghai as the world No. 1 bids for a fifth title at the event, while Roger Federer and three-time winner, Andy Murray are the only other former champions in the 2019 draw.

Djokovic is the most successful player in the tournament’s history, winning the title in 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2018, while he is also the last man to successfully defend his title following his triumphs in 2012 and 2013. Eight of the world’s top-ten players are present in Shanghai, with the main absentee being world No. 2, Rafael Nadal who withdrew from the tournament with a hand injury.

With great rival, Rafael Nadal pulling out of the tournament due to a hand injury, Djokovic can strengthen his bid to secure the year-end No. 1 ranking with a strong run in Shanghai over the next week.

Second seed, Roger Federer competes in Shanghai for the third straight year, and will attempt to claim a third title at the event, and a fourth title in 2019, having already won in Dubai, Miami, and Halle this year. The great Swiss has also made finals at Indian Wells and Wimbledon, in what has been another fine season for the 38-year-old.

Russian young gun, Daniil Medvedev heads into the tournament in excellent form as he attempts to make his first significant contribution to the Shanghai Masters. Medvedev has only ever won one match in his two previous appearances at the Chinese city, but given the form he has been in over the last two months, he will expect to do a lot better this year. The Russian has won 24 of his last 27 matches, and made at least the final in his last five tournaments, winning titles in Cincinnati and St. Petersburg, and notably, pushing Rafael Nadal to five sets in an epic US Open championship match.

Another big attraction in Shanghai is Andy Murray, who is continuing his comeback from career-threatening hip surgery. The three-time Shanghai champion (2010, 2011 and 2016), has been progressively better in his comeback trail, and heads into Shanghai on the back of an encouraging quarter final at the China Open in Beijing. Murray registered a massive win over world No. 13, Matteo Berrettini in Beijing en route the quarter finals, where he fell short against Dominic Thiem.

With just over a month to go before the start of the Nitto ATP Finals, the Shanghai Masters serves as a major tipping point in the Race to London. Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and Medvedev have already booked their qualification for the prestigious year-end meet, leaving four slots still up for grabs. Dominic Thiem is all but guaranteed a spot in London, Stefanos Tsitsipas is looking good, but last year’s champion, Alexander Zverev still has plenty of work to do if he is to earn a chance to defend his title in November.

Matteo Berrettini, Gael Monfils, Fabio Fognini, David Goffin and Roberto Bautista-Agut ae amongst those looking to boost their London hopes with strong performances in Shanghai.

The Shanghai Masters is live from Shanghai from 6-13 October.

About the Shanghai Masters

The penultimate Masters Series event of the season, the Shanghai Rolex Masters also brings the ATP World Tour’s autumn Asian swing to a close after stops in 250 events in Shenzhen and Chengdu, and 500-level events in Beijing and Tokyo held the week before the Shanghai Masters.

The roots of the Shanghai Rolex Masters date back to 1996, when the first ATP event was held in the largest city in China. In 2002, the ATP World Tour’s season-ending championships were held in Shanghai for the first time at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre, and the popularity of champion Lleyton Hewitt led the ATP World Tour to bring the season finale – then known as the Tennis Masters Cup – back to Shanghai for a four-year sojourn between 2005 and 2008 at a purpose-built facility, the Qizhong Forest Sports City Arena. Roger Federer featured in three of the four Tennis Masters Cup finals in Shanghai, finishing runner-up to David Nalbandian in 2005 and capturing the title in 2006-7 before Novak Djokovic won his first title in 2008, the final year of the event being held in Shanghai.

As the season-ending championships, now known as the ATP World Tour Finals, moved to London in 2009, the Shanghai event took on a new guise as the second-to-last of nine Masters Series events held in the season. Rebranded as the Shanghai Rolex Masters and offering 1,000 ranking points to the winner, the event is now one of the highlights of the climactic stages of the ATP World Tour season and a key battleground when it comes to qualifying for the season-ending championships.

The flagship event of the ATP World Tour’s autumn Asian swing, the inaugural Shanghai Rolex Masters was won by Nikolay Davydenko, who defeated Rafael Nadal in the final. Titles for Andy Murray (2010-11) and Novak Djokovic (2012-13, 2015) followed, with Juan Martin del Potro and David Ferrer featuring in the finals as well as Roger Federer, who finally captured the title in 2014 when he beat Gilles Simon in the final. The great Swiss doubled his title haul with victory over Nadal in 2017, but a resurgent Djokovic captured a fourth title in 2018, beating Borna Coric in the final.

Shanghai Masters tournament information

Fast facts about the Shanghai Rolex Masters

Shanghai Rolex Masters
Dates6-13 October 2019
LocationShanghai, China
VenueQizhong Forest Sports City 
First played2009
CategoryMasters 1000
SurfaceHard courts
Prize money$5,452,985
Draw size56 singles/24 doubles
Most titlesNovak Djokovic (4 titles)
Reigning singles championNovak Djokovic
Reigning doubles championsLukasc Kubot/ Marcelo Melo

Shanghai Masters Ranking Points

These are the ranking points awarded by the ATP World Tour for reaching various rounds at a Masters 1000 Series event like the Shanghai Masters.

ATP Masters 1000 ranking points

Round of 1690
Round of 3245
Round of 6425

Shanghai Masters Champions

Here is a complete list of all the singles champions at the Shanghai Rolex Masters since its first edition in 2009.

Players who are still active in singles are given in bold.

Previous winners of the Shanghai Rolex Masters

2009Nikolay DavydenkoRafael Nadal
2010Andy MurrayRoger Federer
2011Andy Murray (2)David Ferrer
2012Novak DjokovicAndy Murray
2013Novak Djokovic (2)Juan Martin del Potro
2014Roger FedererGilles Simon
2015Novak Djokovic (3)Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
2016Andy Murray (3)Roberto Bautista Agut
2017Roger Federer (2)Rafael Nadal
2018Novak Djokovic (4)Borna Coric

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