December 5, 2013
TennisFriday, October 11, 2013
Federer ousted by Monfils in Shanghai
Del Potro advances; Nadal beats Berlocq
Fifth seed Roger Federer was dumped out of the Shanghai Open, losing to Frenchman Gaël Monfils 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 in the third round, while Juan Martín del Potro progressed after Tommy Haas withdrew injured. Rafael Nadal defeated Argentine Carlos Berlocq.
SHANGHAI — Roger Federer’s chances of qualifying for the ATP Tour Finals took a hit yesterday when he lost in three sets to Gaël Monfils at the Shanghai Masters, the latest early-round loss for the 17-time Grand Slam champion.
Monfils beat the former No. 1-ranked Federer 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 in the third round, extending the Swiss star’s recent slide.
Defending champion Novak Djokovic and top-ranked Rafael Nadal, meanwhile, moved into the quarterfinals with straight-set wins.
Djokovic beat Italy’s Fabio Fognini 6-3 6-3, while Nadal rallied from 5-2 down in the second-set tiebreaker to down Argentina’s Carlos Berlocq 6-1 7-6 (7-5).
Sixth seed Juan Martín del Potro reached the quarterfinals after Tommy Haas withdrew injured.
German Haas had been unable to play due to a back injury, according to media reports. Argentine Del Potro has also had health problems during the tournament, battling fever during his second round match against German Philipp Kohlschreiber, which he rallied to win 3-6 6-3 7-6 (7-4).
Del Potro is in fifth place in the race to the London finals and the Argentine can wrap up his spot by reaching the Shanghai final.
Two of the tournament’s other top seeded players were ousted: No. 3 David Ferrer lost to Florian Mayer 6-4 6-3 and No. 4 Tomas Berdych was ousted by Nicolás Almagro 6-7 (6-8) 6-3 7-6 (7-4).
Federer, who has slipped to No. 7 in the rankings, was playing for the first time since losing in the fourth round of the US Open. He was in need of a strong showing in Shanghai to secure a berth in the elite season-ending ATP Tour Finals in London — a tournament he played every year since 2002.
Federer is currently seventh in the standings, with only a slight lead over several other players vying to get into the eight-man field in London. He plans to play in Basel and Paris in hopes of making it into the November 4-11 tournament.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Stanislas Wawrinka also advanced to the quarterfinals, strengthening their bids to qualify for the ATP Finals.
WOMEN’S TOURNAMENT. Top-seeded Angelique Kerber and No. 2 Sloane Stephens reached the quarterfinals of the Generali Ladies in Linz in contrasting styles yesterday. Kerber downed Alexandra Cadantu of Romania 6-1 6-0 in just 50 minutes, while Stephens needed two and a half hours to defeat Andrea Petkovic of Germany 7-6 (7-1) 4-6 6-3.
In Osaka, sixth-seeded Madison Keys reached her fourth WTA quarterfinal of the season by beating China’s Shuai Zhang 6-3 6-0 in the second round of the Japan Open. Jie Zheng and Misaki Doi also advanced.