Monday, November 10, 2008

Shanghai Update: Djoko Ends Shanghai Losing Streak, Davydenko Edges Tsonga

The Masters Cup kicked off on Sunday in Shanghai, as world number 3, Novak Djokovic, managed to notch his first ever Masters Cup win, by defeating Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro 7-5, 6-3, in the first round robin match of the Gold Group.

This is Djokovic's second straight Masters Cup appearance, however his first one was a true disappointment as the Serb lost all 3 round robin matches last year.

Shanghai's youngest contestant, Del Potro, who was ranked 65 in the world last July before racing up to his current number 8 position, is making his Masters Cup debut as the tournament's 7th seed.

Other Gold Group action on Sunday saw Nikolay Davydenko overcome a resilient Jo-Wilfried Tsonga with a tight 6-7(6), 6-4, 7-6(0) win.

Tsonga, who started this season with a bang by ousting Rafael Nadal from the Aussie Open semis and reaching his maiden Grand Slam final, looks like he wants to end his season in the same fashion, especially after he narrowly grabbed himself a ticket to Shanghai by winning his first ATP Masters title in Paris last week.

Nonetheless, Davydenko, denied the Frenchman his first Shanghai win and now lies second in the Gold Group.

Sunday Highlights

The action in the Red Group starts on Monday with World number 2, Roger Federer, facing new top 10 star, Gilles Simon, followed by Andy Roddick vs. Andy Murray (and I refuse to call it the battle of the Andy's like everybody else... seriously it's overused).

If both Andy's are in good form, we should expect one hell of a serving fest from either side.

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