David Ferrer talks about his continued passion for tennis and how he is trying to evolve his game to keep up with the taller, stronger players.
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Novak Djokovic will attempt to capture his ninth title of the year - and third at the Shanghai Rolex Masters - when he starts his bid against Martin Klizan, who recorded his 30th match win of the year on Monday by beating wild card Ze Zhang 7-6(8), 6-2.

Sixth seed Kei Nishikori, who is bidding to clinch one of the four remaining spots at next month's Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, will open his quest against Nick Kyrgios, who got off to a strong start by striking 13 aces, and saving all five break points he faced, in a 6-3, 6-2 win over Andreas Haider-Maurer.

"Kei's one of the best players in the world right now," said Kyrgios. "He's got unbelievable returns. He's a great athlete. He's playing well. So I know what I have to do. At the same time, I'm going to go out there and enjoy the experience. That's why you play the game. You play the game to play these top guys."

Ivo Karlovic will take aim at eighth seed and 2009 runner-up Rafael Nadal, yesterday's China Open finalist (l. to Djokovic), in the second round after he fired down 18 aces to beat Jeremy Chardy for the first time in their third meeting, 6-4, 7-6(6). Karlovic surpassed Goran Ivanisevic's ATP World Tour aces record last week in Beijing.

Elsewhere, John Isner, the No. 13 seed, needed just 46 minutes to beat Adrian Mannarino 6-1, 6-2. Isner hit 20 aces for his 40th match win of 2015.

Roberto Bautista Agut lost just six of his first service points to beat fellow Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-2, 6-3 in 79 minutes, while this year's three-time ATP World Tour titlist Dominic Thiem defeated qualifier Yen-Hsun Lu 6-3, 6-3.

Sacramento Challenger (Sacramento, U.S.A.): The future of American tennis was on full display on Sunday, as the three-week northern California swing on the ATP Challenger Tour rolled into Sacramento. For the first time since 2007, a final on the circuit featured a pair of teenagers as 19-year-old Jared Donaldson battled 17-year-old Taylor Fritz. Donaldson was looking to claim his second title after emerging victorious in Maui to open the 2015 season, but in the end it was Fritz who came away with the pulsating win 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.

“One is a great ending and the other is a great beginning,” said Fritz of his recent US Open boys’ title to cap his junior career, followed by his stellar start to his professional career in Sacramento. “I had the perfect ending with the US Open win and I get to start my pro career with a Challenger win. That’s a great way to get me started.”

It was a story of survival and mental fortitude for the young American, who saved a remarkable 34 of 37 break points faced throughout the week, including 15 of 16 in the final. Competing in just his second Challenger main draw, Fritz would become the youngest American titlist on the circuit since Donald Young in Aptos 2007. He joins rising talents Borna Coric and Alexander Zverev as players aged 17 & under to win a title in the last two years. At World No. 694, he is the lowest-ranked player to win a Challenger crown this year. He soared to No. 339 with the win.

“I need to not get myself in so many tight situations, but it shows that I play the big points really well and I compete pretty hard,” Fritz explained to broadcaster Mike Cation following the match. “I’m mentally strong in tight situations.

“The main thing is to not let this get to my head and to not think that I’ve made it. I’ve got a lot of work to do and I know that. Hopefully if I keep working I can continue to be compared to those guys (Coric, Zverev, etc.). I don’t think I’m going to rush into too many tournaments this year. Obviously we’ll rethink my schedule but it will be more Challenger events and less Futures.”

Ethias Trophy (Mons, Belgium): The lone ATP Challenger Tour event in Belgium returned to Mons, where Illya Marchenko claimed his fourth title and first in nearly a year, edging Benjamin Becker 6-2, 6-7(8), 6-4. Marchenko emerged from a stacked draw that featured all eight seeds in the Top 100 of the Emirates ATP Rankings. He looked to be on the ropes in the third set against Becker, after the German saved three match points late in the second and snatched an early break in the decider. The Ukrainian would eventually triumph after breaking back and rose 29 spots to World No. 82 with the title.

Claro Open Medellin (Medellin, Colombia): Paolo Lorenzi moved into a tie for fourth on the all-time ATP Challenger Tour titles list, notching his 16th crown and second in Medellin (2012). The Italian veteran, who improved to 4-0 in finals this year, joined Yen-Hsun Lu, Dudi Sela, Go Soeda, Takao Suzuki and Carlos Berlocq as the only players to win at least 16 titles in Challenger history. Lorenzi prevailed over Gonzalo Lama on Saturday after the Chilean retired down 7-6(3), 2-0 with a right arm injury. His win streak is up to 10 straight, having topped Alejandro Gonzalez in Pereira the week prior.

IS Open Sao Paulo (Sao Paulo, Brazil): Joining Lorenzi in the ‘16 Titles Club’ was Carlos Berlocq, who defeated Belgium’s Kimmer Coppejans 6-3, 6-1 in Sao Paulo on Sunday. Berlocq converted on six of seven break chances to prevail after one hour and 17 minutes. The Argentine, who has won 10 of his last 12 finals on the ATP Challenger Tour, improved to 16-9 overall in title matches. Coppejans, meanwhile, fell to 2-2 in finals this year, having triumphed in Guangzhou and Mersin.

Morocco Tennis Tour – Mohammedia (Mohammedia, Morocco): Seventh seed Roberto Carballes Baena ended the Cinderella run of 19-year-old qualifier Kamil Majchrzak, prevailing 7-6(4), 6-2 on Sunday in Mohammedia. The final was postponed from Saturday due to rain and the Spaniard would claim his second ATP Challenger Tour title in one hour and 36 minutes. All three finals reached by Carballes Baena this year have come on Moroccan soil, having also finished runner-up in Meknes and the winner in Kenitra. Poland’s Majchrzak was the 10th different teen to advance to a final on the circuit this year. He dropped a combined 12 games in routing top seed Pablo Carreno Busta in the semi-finals, fourth seed Marco Cecchinato in the quarter-finals and fifth seed Inigo Cervantes in the second round.

What The Players Said
Marchenko: “I am so happy with this victory. I played a great first set but than Becker showed he is a great player. It is a Challenger with a real high level and I came back every year because I love this tournament so much. So now winning it is a great achievement and I'm very happy. I have no words.”

Becker: “Like we said yesterday, I'm not the youngest anymore and I was tired after the semi-final. Illya played a great match. I had a great time at this tournament. I was told a lot of good things about this tournament and all was true. If I still play next year, I'll definitely be back.”

Lorenzi: “To win two tournaments in a row is not easy. I played very well and am very happy because the first set was very difficult, like all the matches this week. I hope that Gonzalo recovers quickly.”

Carballes Baena: “I'm very happy to get my second ATP Challenger Tour title. We worked very hard to get good results at the end of the year. Now I will try to compete more and to achieve new goals.”

Berlocq: “It’s a good achievement. It helps me a lot to improve my ranking and to achieve my goal to get back to the Top 100. If I keep winning ATP Challenger Tour events, I will achieve my goal and I will be able to conquer bigger accomplishments.”

Coppejans: “I think that at the beginning we both were very nervous. Until 3-3 the match was even, but after that he started to play better. I made a lot of unforced errors and my balls were very short. He played at a higher level and served better than me.”

Tournaments are held on five continents. The ATP Challenger Tour returns to Vietnam for the first time since 2007, when the 10-year event in Ho Chi Minh City concluded. The tournament returns this week with Marcel Granollers the top seed and James Duckworth seeded second.

Defending champion Steve Darcis is seeded third at the prestigious Open de Rennes, while the $125,000 Tashkent Challenger returns for an eighth edition. Top seed and 2011 champion Denis Istomin faces 2012 titlist Uladzimir Ignatik in the first round and third seed Lukas Lacko looks to successfully defend his crown. Dudi Sela won the title in 2013.

The northern California swing concludes in Fairfield, which relocated from Napa. Tim Smyczek is seeded first and Taylor Fritz received a special exempt into the main draw. One of two events in Argentina this year is staged in Corrientes, where home hope Diego Schwartzman is the top seed. Paolo Lorenzi looks to make it three in a row as the Morocco Tennis Tour moves to its last of five stops, in Casablanca.

They say absence makes the heart grow fonder. One year removed from a 2014 campaign cut short by an appendectomy, Rafael Nadal is eager to confirm his place at the season finale for the eighth time.

The Spaniard, a two-time finalist at The O2, surged to sixth in the Emirates ATP Race To London following a final finish at the China Open. Despite falling short of the title to Novak Djokovic, Nadal added 300 points to his growing haul, which saw him pass Kei Nishikori and further distance himself from the pack of contenders.

“The [Barclays ATP] World Tour Finals is a goal and it will be good news if I finally qualify,” said Nadal. “I'm going to fight for it, competing with the right mentality again, the right confidence and the right level of tennis.”

Nadal says that while his 2015 season “has not been the ideal year,” based on the standards he has set throughout his storied career, he fighting harder than ever to return to top form and using his recent experiences as a source of motivation going forward. Runner-up in 2010 (l. to Federer) and 2013 (l. to Djokovic) in London, he is looking to build off five final runs this year, including a trio of titles in Buenos Aires, Stuttgart and at the ATP World Tour 500 event in Hamburg.

“I am No. 6 in the Race,” a humble Nadal told reporters in Beijing. “That's my number today. I don't know if you consider that one of the best players of the world or not. That's the number. In tennis, it is different than in other sports, that you don't have a ranking. Here you have a ranking.”

With just 130 Emirates ATP Race To London points separating Nadal (3,970) and No. 5 Tomas Berdych (4,100), the pair will be joined by a cast of contenders at next week’s Shanghai Rolex Masters – the penultimate ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event of the year. Despite a first round exit in Beijing, the Czech remains next in line to have his ticket punched for the season finale, to be held 15-22 November at the iconic O2 arena on the banks of the River Thames. Berdych is just one week removed from claiming his first title of the season at the Shenzhen Open. With a potential quarter-final clash against third seed Andy Murray in the cards in Shanghai, he is seeking to book his spot for a sixth successive year.

“I learned quite a lot from the previous years,” Berdych said in Beijing. “It's always the same, so there is no need to be worrying about that. I’m just going week by week, playing the tournaments and the tennis. In the end, we will see if I'm going to make it or not.”

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Three of the eight spots have already been booked at the Final Showdown, with Race leaders Djokovic, Murray, Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka having qualified for the ATP World Tour’s signature event.

Following Berdych and Nadal in the qualification pecking order is Nishikori, who is coming off a semi-final scamper in Tokyo. The Japanese was denied a third title at his home tournament, but will hope to continue maintaining the pressure on the Czech and the Spaniard, with a second straight appearance in London within reach. He reached the semi-finals on debut last year. A potential second match-up against Nick Kyrgios looms in Shanghai for the Shimane native, with second seed Federer in the quarter-finals.

David Ferrer further entrenched himself among the elite eight, remaining in the eighth position after battling to the semi-finals at the China Open. The Spaniard, champion in Doha, Rio, Acapulco and Kuala Lumpur, is seeded seventh in Shanghai and opens against Bernard Tomic. Ferrer did well to bolster his case, extending his lead over No. 9 Richard Gasquet to more than 1,000 points. The 33 year old is firing on all cylinders after enduring a three-month mid-season absence due to an elbow injury.

Gasquet has the opportunity to rediscover his form and gain ground on the field following a first-round upset loss to Roberto Bautista Agut in Tokyo. The Frenchman saw his cushion ahead of John Isner trimmed to 130 Emirates ATP Race To London points after the American battled into the Beijing quarter-finals. Other contenders Kevin Anderson and Milos Raonic saw their distant hopes take a significant blow after suffering first round dismissals in Tokyo and Beijing, respectively. A potential Shanghai third round match-up laden with London implications could feature Raonic against Nadal.

The Barclays ATP World Tour Finals has welcomed more than 1.5 million fans to The O2 arena over the past six years, establishing itself as the biggest indoor tennis tournament in the world since moving to London in 2009. Tickets to the tournament, which takes place from 15-22 November, can be purchased at: www.BarclaysATPWorldTourFinals.com.

Most players will tell you that they never peek at the draw, that they take it one point at a time, one match at a time. But not Roger Federer. In fact, so studious is the Swiss that the moment a draw is released he studies like a college hoops fanatic gearing up for March Madness.

Not that the World No. 2 claims to be an expert prognosticator.

“I love looking at the draw, trying to understand who is going to come through,” said Federer, prepping for his title defense at the Shanghai Rolex Masters. “I’m horrible at it usually, but I like looking at them. There’s no avoiding where you are in the draw, so I’m aware of who is around me. What I can’t stand is going to the draws when they pull the names out of the hat. If you’re sitting there I feel like any draw is a bad one because you see it coming. But I like looking at the draw just like a fan.”

In addition to his foray into draw analysis, Federer will take on a new role in Shanghai: pizza maker. As the Master 1000 event’s defending champion, he was asked to create an original pizza to be served in the players’ restaurant throughout the tournament.

“That’s exciting,” said Federer. “Because a lot of pizzas were taken, the classic ones, I came up with one that I like — figs, arugula salad, prosciutto, and creme fraiche, and extra mozzarella, if you like.”

What does the father of four call his signature creation?

“It’s the ‘Figalicious,’” he said. “I don’t know if you know, but the name is really important.”

Federer is making his fifth appearance at the Shanghai Rolex Masters. Prior to last year, he reached the Shanghai final in 2010, the semi-finals in 2012 (l. to Andy Murray both times) and the third round in 2013 (l. to Gael Monfils). The 34-year-old comes in with a 53-8 record on the year (29-3 on hard courts).

This season, Kei Nishikori has improved to career-bests in five of the six serving categories, including games won (87%) and break points saved (67%). Here is a look at his year-by-year serving statistics.

Year  Aces (avg.) 1st/2nd Serve Pts. Won Service Games Won Break Pts. Saved
2015 261 (4.7) 75/55% 87% 67%
2014 286 (4.3) 73/54% 84% 64%
2013 140 (2.6) 69/52% 78% 57%
2012 133 (2.6) 69/53% 78% 59%
2011 137 (2.4) 68/52% 77% 60%
2010 37 (3.1) 67/45% 68% 55%
2009  Injured Finished season No.420    
2008 85 (3.3) 70/51% 77% 58%

Nishikori has won 90% or more of his first serve points on five occasions in ATP World Tour or Grand Slam matches during his career. Four have come this season.

2011 Houston QF d. Fish 63 62                          22/23 for 95.7%

2015 Brisbane QF d. Tomic 60 64                       24/26 for 92.3%

2015 Washington 3R d. L. Mayer 64 64               29/32 for 90.6%

2015 Washington Final d. Isner 46 64 64             42/46 for 91.3%

2015 Tokyo 2R d. Querrey 76(3) 63                     33/36 for 91.7%

NOTE: Does not include Davis Cup matches

Novak in China - Djokovic leaves Beijing having won 32 of his last 33 matches in China, winning consecutive titles in Beijing and Shanghai in 2012-13 and Beijing the past two years. His 28-match winning streak in China ended last year when he lost to Federer in the semi-finals in Shanghai. Overall, he has won nine career titles in China (six in Beijing, three in Shanghai). He has never lost in the Beijing Open (29-0) and is 19-3 at the Shanghai ROLEX Masters (since 2009). The only country in which he’s won more titles is the U.S. (11). Here’s a look at his ATP World Tour titles in China:

Tournament (Sets)                     Final Opponent

2015 Beijing (10-0)                     d. Rafael Nadal 62 62

2014 Beijing (10-0)                     d. Tomas Berdych 60 62

2013 Shanghai (10-2)                  d. Juan Martin del Potro 61 36 76

2013 Beijing (10-1)                     d. Rafael Nadal 63 64

2012 Shanghai (10-1)                  d. Andy Murray 57 76 63

2012 Beijing (10-1)                     d. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 76 62

2010 Bejing (8-0)                        d. David Ferrer 62 64

2009 Beijing (10-1)                     d. Marin Cilic 62 76

2008 Tennis Masters Cup (10-3) d. Nikolay Davydenko 61 75


It’s been a strange year for Rafael Nadal. Following his straight-sets loss to Novak Djokovic in Sunday’s China Open final, the Spaniard is now 2-8 versus Top 10 competition in 2015. But in his first hard-court final since the 2014 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event in Miami he showed that he is indeed back to playing his trademark brand of aggressive, never-say-die tennis.

In essence, Nadal's refusal to let a foot injury deter him during the second set of his battle with Djokovic in Beijing epitomises his 2015 season. Despite the occasional setback, he never gives up.  

“I’m going to fight. I’m going to do [it] my way,” said the 29-year-old. “When I was No. 2 and Roger was No. 1, it was not my obsession to catch Roger [Federer]. My obsession was to improve my game and do it my way. For me, it’s the same thing today. My motivation is to keep going, and I have been doing that already. I know if I am playing well again, then I can fight. If I can fight, I can compete well [many] times in a row against the best players. So I think I’m going to be good competitor again if I recover my level."

“I feel like the experience that he has from his career and all the championships that he has won on different surfaces, the biggest trophies in the world, at the end of the day he's one of the best players ever to play this game," Djokovic observed. "I'm sure he understands what he needs to do in order to come back to that highest level. He keeps on working hard. He's one of the most hard‑working guys on the tour. He spends a lot of time on the court.  Sooner or later that will pay off.”

"It's normal to go through some oscillations in your career, some ups and downs," Djokovic added. "If there's anybody that knows that and is able to come back, it's him, because of all the history he has."  

As he heads into the Shanghai Rolex Masters, Nadal is not just chasing titles, he’s already prepping himself for a more Rafa-like 2016. 

“My main goal is try to be 100 per cent ready for the beginning of next season,” said Nadal. “I hope to fight next year. I hope to fight again with the top players because I have motivation to do it.”

The Emirates ATP Rankings tell us that he’s currently No. 8 in the world. But, as always, Nadal insists that he won’t be defined by the numbers.

“That's my number today. I don't know if you consider that one of the best players of the world or not,” he said. “In tennis, it’s different than in other sports, where you don't have a ranking. Here you have a ranking.  If I am No. 8 or No. 7, that's the number that I am in the world today. Do I consider myself one of the best players of the world? I am enough humble to say that this year has not been the ideal year for me. But at the same time, I don't want to lie [to] anybody. It’s obvious that I consider myself one of the best players in the world after the career that I’ve had."

Following a first-round bye, Nadal will open his Shanghai campaign against the winner of the Ivo Karlovic vs. Jeremy Chardy clash. His best result came in 2009, when he was a runner-up to Russia's Nikolay Davydenko.

Borna Coric provided an early candidate for best comeback of the 2015 Shanghai Rolex Masters, overcoming Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-3, 1-6, 7-6(5) on Sunday.

World No. 38 Coric, the highest-ranked teen in the Emirates ATP Rankings, dropped nine of 11 games after winning the first set. He would rally from a 3-1 deficit in the decider and again from 4-2 down in the ensuing tie-break to claim victory after two hours and one minute. The Croat saved four of seven break chances, setting a second-round clash against either countryman Marin Cilic or home hope Di Wu.

In other action, Bernard Tomic needed just 65 minutes to dismiss Fernando Verdasco 6-3, 7-6(3), riding five aces and 80 per cent total service points won. The Aussie did not face a break point in extending his FedEx ATP Head2Head edge to 3-1. Tomic will next square off against another Spaniard in seventh seed David Ferrer. It will be their third encounter this year, having split meetings in Acapulco and at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event in Indian Wells.

Players emerging from the qualifying draw included eighth seed Andrey Kuznetsov, who toppled top seed Donald Young 6-3, 6-1 and third seed Simone Bolelli, a 7-6(2), 5-7, 6-1 winner over Michal Przysiezny. Go Soeda mounted a stunning rally to defeat Hyeon Chung, clawing back from a 6-0, 3-0 deficit. Chung served for the match at 5-3 in the second set, holding two match points. No. 11 seed Michael Berrer, who owns a tour-leading seven successful qualifying campaigns in 2015, was denied 6-4, 7-6(4) by Albert Ramos-Vinolas. Lukasz Kubot, Yen-Hsun Lu and Nikoloz Basilashvili also progressed to the main draw. Kubot opens against Jack Sock, while Lu faces Dominic Thiem and Basilashvili clashes against 10th seed Gilles Simon.

Shanghai Rolex Masters (Shanghai) - The eighth ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament of the season features a star-studded field, which includes the entire Top 20 in the Emirates ATP Race to London. This is the seventh year of the ATP Masters 1000 tournament at the Qizhong Tennis Center, which was the site of the Tennis Masters Cup from 2005-08. Reigning champion Roger Federer, World No. 1 and 2012-13 winner Novak Djokovic and 2010-11 titleholder Andy Murray are the former champions. A historic occasion will take place with the trio of Federer (17), Rafael Nadal (14) and Djokovic (10) playing together for the first time as Grand Slam champions with more than 10 titles. No other trio to have won 10 or more Grand Slam titles in the history of men’s tennis have ever played in a tournament together.

Emirates ATP Race to London – There are valuable Emirates ATP Race to London points at stake and players will add to their total for each round reached. Players with a bye and lose in opening match (2R) will receive 10 pts. Here is the breakdown: first round (10), second round (45), third round (90), quarter-finals (180), semi-finals (360), final (600), winner (1000). Here is the updated Top 25 Emirates ATP Race to London going into play Saturday in Beijing and Tokyo:







Novak Djokovic*





Andy Murray*





Roger Federer*





Stan Wawrinka*





Tomas Berdych



Lost in 1R


Rafael Nadal





Kei Nishikori



Lost in SF


David Ferrer



Lost in SF


Richard Gasquet



Lost in 1R


John Isner



Lost in QF


Kevin Anderson



Lost in 1R


Marin Cilic



Lost in QF


Milos Raonic



Lost in 1R


Gilles Simon



Lost in QF


Jo-Wilfried Tsonga



Lost in 1R


David Goffin



Lost in 2R


Feliciano Lopez



Lost in 1R


Dominic Thiem



Lost in 1R


Benoit Paire





Bernard Tomic



Lost in 1R

Big Four Dominance – The ‘Big Four’ of Djokovic, Federer, Murray and Nadal have won 46 of the last 50 ATP Masters 1000 tournaments, which dates back to Nadal’s triumph at Monte-Carlo in 2010. The only other players to emerge with an ATP Masters 1000 title are Robin Soderling (2010 Paris), David Ferrer (2011 Paris), Stan Wawrinka (2014 Monte-Carlo) and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (2014 Toronto).

World No. 1/Top Seed – World No. 1 Novak Djokovic is making his sixth Shanghai appearance in seven years (except 2011) and he comes in with a 19-3 career record. This is the third straight year he is the top seed. The 2012-13 champion had his 13-match winning streak in Shanghai snapped with his SF loss to Federer last year. Going into the Beijing semi-finals, Djokovic has compiled a 66-5 match record (43-4 on hard) on the season with seven titles: Australian Open, ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells, Miami, Monte-Carlo, Rome, Wimbledon and US Open where he captured his 10th career Grand Slam title. On Monday, it marks the 168th week overall he has ranked No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, which is sixth-most. He will surpass No. 5 John McEnroe’s total of 170 on Nov. 2. He will finish No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings for the 4th time in 5 years (except 2013).

Novak Dominates in China - Djokovic comes into Shanghai having won 31 of his last 32 matches in China (going into Beijing SF), winning consecutive titles in Beijing and Shanghai in 2012-13 and Beijing last year. His 28-match winning streak in China ended last year when he lost to Federer in the semi-finals in Shanghai. Overall, he has won eight career titles in China (five in Beijing, three in Shanghai). He has never lost in the Beijing Open (27-0, entering SF) and is 19-3 at the Shanghai ROLEX Masters (since 2009). He also went 4-4 at the Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai in 2007-08, winning the title in 2008. The only country in which he’s won more titles is the U.S. (11). He has never lost in a final in China (8-0).

Roger Reigning Champion – World No. 2 and reigning champion Roger Federer is making his fifth tournament appearance (13-3 record). This is also his first tournament back since reaching the US Open final on Sept. 13 (l. to Djokovic). The following weekend he played in a Davis Cup World Group playoff tie vs. the Netherlands, winning both singles matches. Prior to last year, Federer reached the final in 2010, the semi-finals in 2012 (l. to Murray both times) and the third round in 2013 (l. to Monfils). He won back-to-back titles in 2006-07 here at the Tennis Masters Cup and was runner-up in 2005. The 34-year-old Swiss superstar enters with a 53-8 record on the year (29-3 on hard courts). He is second with five ATP World Tour titles this year. His last title came in August in Cincinnati where he captured his 24th career ATP Masters 1000 crown (d. Djokovic).

Murray Returns to Action – What a difference a year makes for Andy Murray, who came into Shanghai last year ninth in the Emirates ATP Race to London. The 28-year-old Scot, who is second in the Race, has already earned a spot in the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London. He led Great Britain to the Davis Cup final with an undefeated record this year (6-0 in singles, 2-0 in doubles). He is playing in his first tournament since a fourth-round exit at the US Open (l. to Anderson). The following weekend, he led Great Britain to a semi-final win over Australia. Murray has a 14-2 record in the tournament, winning titles in 2010-11 and reaching the final in 2013 (l. to Djokovic after holding 5 MPs).  Last year he lost in the third round to Ferrer.

Ferrer Holding Final Spot Since returning from an elbow injury this summer, David Ferrer has won 11 of 12 matches (going into Beijing SF). His only loss came in his first tournament back at the US Open to Jeremy Chardy in the third round. Since then, he has won two Davis Cup matches, his 25th career ATP World Tour title in Kuala Lumpur and advanced to semi-finals in Beijing. The 33-year-old Spaniard is holding down the eighth and final position for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. He has widened his lead to more than 1,000 points (1,080) over Richard Gasquet, who is in ninth place.

Race Movers

Rafael Nadal 6 (+1 spot)
John Isner 10 (+1 spot)
Marin Cilic 12 (+1 spot)
Benoit Paire 19 (+9 spots)
Fabio Fognini 21 (+4 spots)
Nick Kyrgios 29 (+1 spot)
Jack Sock 31T (+5 spots)

Potential Milestones

Shanghai - Singles
Roger Federer - 1049 wins
David Ferrer - 649 wins
Feliciano Lopez - 394 wins
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga - 344 wins
Ivo Karlovic - 294 wins
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez - 245 wins
Yen-Hsun Lu - 145 wins
Lukasz Kubot - 95 wins

Shanghai - Doubles
Marcin Matkowski - 395 wins


16 October – Philipp Kohlschreiber (32)

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