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Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic got their Shanghai Rolex Masters campaigns off to a solid start as they racked up straight sets wins in their opening matches played on Wednesday. Joining them in the third round were 4th and 5th seeds Tomas Berdych and Jo-Wilfred Tsonga, who also recorded straight sets wins. However, all was not well for the seeds as five of them, including last week's finalists in Tokyo, Milos Raonic and Kei Nishikori met with an early exit from the tournament.
Djokovic, who has a chance to reclaim the No.1 ranking should Federer lose before the quarter-finals and he win the title, came out all guns blazing against rising star Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria as he registered a 6-3, 6-2 win in just 54 minutes. The Serb was particularly strong in the service department, losing just five points on serve as he booked a third round clash with Spaniard Feliciano Lopez. Federer, on the other hand, did not show any signs of rustiness despite him playing his first match since the Davis Cup victory over the Netherlands as he cruised to a 6-3, 7-5 win over Yu Hsen Lu of Chinese Taipei. While the crowd did their best to get behind their man, the Swiss maestro was just too good for Lu, as he consistently put his opponent's serve under pressure and took his chances when Lu faltered.
Tomas Berdych consolidated his chances of qualifying for the World Tour Finals as he secured a comfortable 6-3, 6-3 win over Italian Andreas Seppi. The Czech has had a strong season post the Olympics and finds himself in sixth place in the race to London. Also advancing to the third round were fifth and sixth seeds Jo-Wilfred Tsonga and Janko Tipsarevic. Tsonga, who got himself back into the reckoning for London with a runner-up finish to Djokovic in Beijing last week, just edged compatriot Benoit Paire 7-6 (7), 7-5 while Tipsarevic beat Victor Troicki 6-2, 7-6 (3).
Milos Raonic was perhaps the most high-profile of the five seeds to fall on the day. The Canadian, who often flatters to deceive, failed to build on his runner-up appearance in Tokyo last week as he fell to Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis in three tough sets 6-7 (4), 7-6 (5), 6-7 (3). Raonic's conqueror in Tokyo, Kei Nishikori also bit the dust as he lost to American Sam Querrey 2-6, 6-1, 6-4. Richard Gasquet, Philipp Kohlschreiber and Giles Simon were the other seeds to exit the tournament, losing to Radek Stepanek, Feliciano Lopez and Aleksandr Dolgopolov respectively.
Third round action gets underway on Thursday as the top seeds look to book their quarterfinal places in this ATP 1000 event. Andy Murray will play his first match of the tournament against Ukrainian Aleksandr Dolgopolov while Roger Federer will face off against good friend and countryman Stanislas Wawrinka. Novak Djokovic takes on Feliciano Lopez of Spain, while Tomas Berdych and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga play Sam Querrey and Marcos Baghdatis respectively.
Second Round Scores:
R Stepanek defeats (11) R Gasquet 64 64
(1) R Federer defeats Y Lu 63 75
(4) T Berdych defeats A Seppi 63 63
(2) N Djokovic defeats G Dimitrov 63 62
S Querrey defeats (14) K Nishikori 26 61 64
T Haas defeats T Robredo 63 63
(6) J Tipsarevic defeats V Troicki 62 76(3)
(5) J Tsonga defeats B Paire 76(7) 75
M Baghdatis defeats (12) M Raonic 76(4) 67(5) 76(3)
A Dolgopolov defeats (15) G Simon 63 64
(13) S Wawrinka defeats D Istomin 64 46 64
F Lopez defeats (16) P Kohlschreiber 63 64
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