Preview: Shanghai Rolex Masters

By Andrew Chin, September 30, 2016

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Once again, the world’s top tennis players take over Shanghai’s Qizhong Forest Sports City Arena for the only ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament held outside Europe or North America.

Defending champion and the world’s current top ranked men’s player Novak Djokovic will attempt to add a record-setting fourth Shanghai Rolex Masters title to his mantle. However, he’ll have to fend off a challenge from the second ranked player, Andy Murray, who has already won the tournament twice.

Other big names to look out for are Stan Wawrinka, who bested Djokovic at last month’s US Open for his third Grand Slam victory, and former top ranked player Rafa Nadal. 

Andy Murray

Dark horse contenders include 2014 US Open winner Marin Čilić, 2016 Wimbledon finalist Milos Raonic and Gilles Simon, who lost to Roger Federer in the 2014 Shanghai finals.

Speaking of the Swiss icon, he will be unable to make the trip after a serious injury. It’s especially bittersweet as Federer was surprisingly bounced in the second round in last year’s tournament (perhaps due to his appearance on a That’s Shanghai cover story - we apologize for any potential curses), which underscores how competitive the tournament is with top dogs like Nadal and Čilić also losing early in the past.

Voted by players as their favorite Masters 1000 tournament five years in a row, the Shanghai Rolex Masters also includes a men’s doubles tournament. 

Oct 9-16, 1pm, RMB160-900 (Oct 9-11), RMB160-3,000 (Oct ), RMB280-5,000 (Oct 14), RMB480-8,000 (Oct 15-16), RMB2,000-4,500 (Oct 9-16 pass). Qizhong Forest Sports City Tennis Center, 昆阳北路3028号, 近元江路

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