|Posted on October 13, 2009 at 11:19 AM|
Shanghai Wednesday Preview
The stars will be out Wednesday insecond round action at the Shanghai ATP Masters 1000 as top seed and World No. 2 Rafael Nadal, No. 2 seed and last year's Tennis Masters Cup champion Novak Djokovic and No. 3 seed and US Open winner Juan Martin del Potro headline the Stadium Court schedule.
For the second day in a row two-time ATP World Tour Champion Lleyton Hewitt opens the order of play. The Aussie takes on No. 11 seed Gael Monfils of France. On Grandstand, Chinese wild card Shao-Xuan Zeng meets top Frenchman and No. 5 seed J o-Wilfried Tsonga.
Here is a look at the 12 singles matches on the schedule:
No. 1 RafaelNadal vs. James Blake - Tied 3-3
No. 2 Novak Djokovic vs. (Q) Fabio Fognini - First Meeting
No. 3 Juan Martin del Potro vs Jurgen Melzer - Del Potro leads 5-0
No. 5 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs. (WC) Shao-Xuan Zeng - First Meeting
No. 7 Fernando Verdasco vs. Ivan Ljubicic - Tied 1-1
No. 8 Gilles Simon vs. Viktor Troicki - Simon leads 3-0
No. 9 Robin Soderling vs. Nicolas Almagro - Soderling leads 2-1
No. 11 Gael Monfils vs. Lleyton Hewitt - Tied 1-1
No. 14 Tommy Robredo vs. (Q) Florian Mayer - Robredo leads 2-1
No. 15 Tommy Haas vs. (Q) Rainer Schuettler - Tied 4-4
No. 16 David Ferrer vs. Feliciano Lopez - Lopez leads 5-3
(WC) Marat Safin vs. Tomas Berdych - Safin leads 2-0
Order of Play - Wednesday, October 14, 2009
GRANDSTAND Matches Start At: 2:00 PM
Marat SAFIN (RUS) vs Tomas BERDYCH (CZE)
Not Before 3:00 PM
Ivan LJUBICIC (CRO) vs Fernando VERDASCO (ESP
Shao Xuan ZENG (CHN) vs Jo-Wilfried TSONGA (FRA
Gilles SIMON (FRA) vs Viktor TROICKI (SRB)
QF: Los Angeles (l Haas); Beijing (l Nadal)
YTD W-L: 14-18
Career Titles: 15
Date of Birth: January 27, 1980
South African Airways 2009 ATP Ranking: 86
W: Munich (d Youzhny); QF: Washington (l Isner); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Cincinnati (l Nadal); Kuala Lumpur (l Soderling); Tokyo (l Youzhny)
YTD W-L: 33-22
YTD Titles: 1
Career Titles: 5
Date of Birth: September 17, 1985
South African Airways 2009 ATP Ranking: 20
Berdych a 3-set winner over Safin
Czech Tomas Berdych come back to best former world No. 1 Marat Safin 3-6, 6-4, 6-4. This marked the wild card Safin's final match in China, as the big Russian will retire from the ATP World Tour at the end of this 2009 season.
Tomas receives a medical treatment from Michal Novotny's hands *always nice to see Michal Novotny, such a great person and physio* during his singles second round match against Marat Safin at the Shanghai ATP Masters 1000 tennis tournament at Qizhong Stadium Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2009 in Shanghai, China. Tomas Berdych won the match 3-6, 6-4, 6-4.
Tomas Berdych recorded his first win in three meetings against Russian wild card Marat Safin by a 3-6 6-4 6-4 scoreline although the match ended in some controversy when Safin refused to shake his opponent's hand.(*)
Berdych will next meet eight-seeded Frenchman Gilles Simon who beat Viktor Troicki 6-36-4.
(*) Marat Safin acting like a sore loser
- A sore loser is someone who loses in a fair competition but whines about it on a constant basis, blaming everyone around them for their loss except themselves.
- A sore loser is someone who can't simply be honorable, by accepting defeat.
from Official Website Shanghai
It adds special meaning to the game today that Safin is on his last journey in Shanghai. The Russian met talented Tomas Berdych from Czech Republic who struggled yesterday to defeat the runner-up Cilic in Beijing to the second round. In today's game, Safin lost to his opponent although he managed to take the first set. Safin waved goodbye to China after a tough game 6-3 4-6 4-6.
Berdych made several double faults in the first set, giving Safin a lot of break points. Safin was unable to break the service game until 7th game, forcing a 4-3 lead. Berdych called a medical break before stepped on the court again with a bandaged left knee. Experienced Marat Safin took advantage of his opponent's temporary weakness to break again and take the first set by a comfortable 6-3.
Berdych lost control of the game in the second set, which gave Safin straight break points. But the former world No.1 seemed unable to take the fatal blow while Berdych struggled to keep his service game. The Czech made a excellent break in the 3rd game, forcing a 2-1 lead. Afterwards, Berdych called another medical break because of his thigh injury. He stepped on the court again to take the second set by 6-4, while the Russian failed to take a single break point.
Berdych set himself a 4-0 lead in the final set, taking advantage of Safin's instability. Safin failed to find his pace until the 5th game and he kept his first service game in set 3, which brought the game to 4-1. All the supporters were cheering for their tsar after Safin breaking again to force a 4-4 tie. In the 9th game, Berdych managed to break back in face of deadly stress to take control of the match yet again. The talented Czech took the third set 6-4 by a wonderful Ace. After his lost today, Marat waved his goodbye to shanghai and his dearest Chinese fans.