Roger Federer returns to defend his title alongside three-time champion Novak Djokovic, looking to underline his Masters 1000 Series dominance after completing the 'Masters Slam' in Cincinnati, when the 2018 Shanghai Rolex Masters takes place from 6-14 October 2018.

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 6-14 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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2. Sign into your account or register for a new one

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

PLEASE NOTE: You must have a funded account or have placed a bet in the last 24 hours in order to watch tennis; geo-restrictions apply. 

Shanghai Masters tournament schedule

Shanghai Masters Players 2018

Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro lead the field at the 2018 Shanghai Rolex Masters as defending champion Federer bids to tie Djokovic and Andy Murray's joint record of three Shanghai titles - and become the first man since Djokovic in 2012-13 to successfully retain the title.

With Rafael Nadal already qualified for the Nitto ATP Finals but not playing in Shanghai due to injury, there is no prospect of a repeat of last year's 'Fedal' final which saw Federer score a straight-sets defeat over his one-time nemesis to win his second Shanghai Rolex Masters title.

Federer, however, is back to defend his title, playing his one Asian event for the autumn and looking for the 28th Masters 1000 Series title of his career as well as the first one for his 2018 season. The Australian Open champion was on top of the world to start 2018, but relatively early defeats at Wimbledon and the US Open have meant that he is unlikely to retake the world no. 1 ranking before the end of the season. However, Federer is coming into one of his strongest parts of the season with Basel and the Nitto ATP Finals to go. He dropped one set in Shanghai last year - can he do better this year?

Novak Djokovic is back on top of the tennis world after a period of struggle, winning back-to-back Grand Slam titles at Wimbledon and the US Open as well as completing the career 'Masters Slam' in Cincinnati - will his return to dominance see him capture a fourth Shanghai Rolex Masters title?

US Open runner-up Juan Martin del Potro, now a Masters 1000 Series champion after winning Indian Wells, will be hoping to go one better than he did in Shanghai in 2013, while John Isner and Alexander Zverev are also looking for their second Masters 1000 Series title of the year in Shanghai.

Wimbledon runner-up Kevin Anderson, last year's Nitto ATP Finals champion and runner-up Grigor Dimitrov and David Goffin, Japanese star Kei Nishikori and young stars Denis Shapovalov, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Borna Coric are among the other exciting players scheduled to appear at the 2018 Shanghai Rolex Masters, live from Shanghai from 7-14 October 2018.

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.

Shanghai Masters tournament information

Fast facts about the Shanghai Rolex Masters

Shanghai Rolex Masters
Dates7-14 October 2018
LocationShanghai, China
VenueQizhong Forest Sports City 
First played2009
CategoryMasters 1000
SurfaceHard courts
Prize money$5,452,985
Draw size56 singles/24 doubles
Most titlesAndy Murray/Novak Djokovic (3 each)
Reigning singles championRoger Federer
Reigning doubles championsHenri Kontinen/ John Peers

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

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