Roddick wins; Fish exits Shanghai Masters
Shanghai, China – Tenth-seeded former world No. 1 Andy seeded fellow American Mardy round loser Tuesday at the $3.24 million Shanghai Masters tennis event.
The world No. 9 Fish gave way to promising young Aussie Bernard Tomic, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4, on the hardcourts at Qizhong Tennis Center. The quality-serving 18-year-old Aussie pulled off the upset in just under two hours, as Tomic was able to break Fish three times, while the American settled for only one break on Day 3.
Tomic reached his first-ever Grand Slam quarterfinal at Wimbledon a few months ago and landed inside the top 50, at No. 49, for the first time in his career just this week.
Roddick, meanwhile, topped up-and-coming Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov 7-6 (7-3), 7-5 in just over two hours. The American fought off a set point in the second stanza, popped seven aces, and tallied four breaks, compared to six aces and three breaks for the 20-year-old Dimitrov.
"I felt like I was returning and hitting my forehand pretty well," Roddick said. "I got through it. I do that pretty well -- get through matches when everything isn't going perfectly."
The 15th-ranked Roddick will meet seventh-seeded Nicolas Almagro here on Thursday.
Almagro handled fellow Spaniard Tommy Robredo 7-5, 6-3, while eighth-seeded Frenchman Gilles Simon crushed Spain's Albert Montanes 6-1, 6-1 in a mere 57 minutes in the second round on Tuesday. Simon smacked eight aces past the helpless Montanes, who was unable to break the world No. 12 from France.
Other second-round action saw 13th-seeded Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka overcome American Donald Young 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (7-2), 6-2 and 15th-seeded German Florian Mayer maul former world No. 3 Argentine David Nalbandian 6-3, 6-4.
The first round wrapped up Tuesday with 10 matches. Spaniard Feliciano Lopez ousted ninth-seeded Serb Janko Tipsarevic 7-6 (7-2), 7-6 (7-3), while American Ryan Harrison upended 11th-seeded Serb Viktor Troicki 6-3, 6-3, 12th-seeded Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov beat Poland's Lukasz Kubot 6-4, 7-6 (8-6) and 14th-seeded Austrian Jurgen Melzer drove out former top-five star Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia 6-4, 6-2.
Additional opening-round wins came for Japan's Kei Nishikori, Russian Dmitry Tursunov, American Alex Bogomolov Jr., Czech Radek Stepanek, Canadian Milos Raonic, and Spaniard Albert Ramos, who downed last week's Beijing runner-up Marin Cilic of Croatia 6-3, 6-4.
This week's top seeds are former runner-up Rafael Nadal and reigning champ Andy Murray, who upset all-time great Roger Federer in last year's marquee Shanghai finale. Nadal lost to Russian Nikolay Davydenko in the 2009 title tilt here and gave way to Murray in last week's championship bout in Tokyo.
Nadal will face fellow Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in a second- rounder on Wednesday, while Murray will meet the aforementioned Tursunov.
Some other quality second-rounders on Wednesday will pit third-seeded Spaniard David Ferrer against the rising Raonic, fourth-seeded Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga versus Nishikori and sixth-seeded Tomas Berdych, fresh off his title in Beijing last week, against his fellow Czech Stepanek.
The 2011 Shanghai champion will earn $620,000. This marks the eighth of nine ATP Masters tournaments this year.