Sunday, 9 November 2008
Early this morning the final event of the 2008 tennis tour began with the best 8 players competing for the Shanghai Masters title. The Gold group started the tournament with world no.3 Novak Djokovic defeating Juan Martin Del Potro 7-5 6-3, before the often maligned Nikolay Davydenko came through a tough three set battle with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
Scotland's Andrew Murray begins his campaign on Monday and faces world no.6 Andrew Roddick. While this is the first time that Murray has qualified for this event Mr. Roddick has been ever present, qualifying every year since 2003. (Although he withdrew from the 2005 tournament due to injury) Murray goes into the match with a 4-2 record against Roddick including victory in their only match this year in Miami.
The other match in the Red groups pits the Four-time champion and world no.2 Roger Federer against the world no.9 Gilles Simon of France. Simon, who only came into the tournament after Rafael Nadal withdraw earlier this week, defeated Federer earlier this year in Montreal in their only meeting to date. However after Federer's victory at the U.S Open he will again be a strong favourite to win the match.
N. Djokovic def J. Del Porto 7-5 6-3
N. Davydenko def J. Tsonga 6-7 6-4 7-6