Shanghai Masters 1000: A Quick Preview

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The Shanghai Masters 1000 is upon us with all the big guns in tennis participating in the tournament. We’re looking at the names like Novak Djoković, Roger Federer, Daniil Medvedev, Alexander Zverev, Dominic Thiem, Stefanos Tsitsipas, and Andy Murray all being suited up for the big event. 

Shanghai was established in 2009, and for the first five years of its existence, it was voted the ATP Masters 1000 tournament of the year. That award was also voted by players, which means they really enjoyed playing there. 

Another fun fact – Only three players won the tournament since 2009 when Nikolay Davydenko won. Novak Djoković holds the most titles – four. Andy Murray has won three titles, and Roger Federer has won twice. 

Shanghai is the only Masters 1000 that takes place in Asia. It’s played on a fast hard-court surface, which explains why Djoković and Federer have had so much success in this tournament. The event has a total prize money of around $7.5 million. That said, there is a lot to play for. 

Honestly, we’re not too surprised that Rafa is not playing. With his lead in the ATP Race to London, it only seems natural that he’ll just focus on Paris and London – both of which take place on European soil and are very close to each other. It just makes more sense than him coming all the way to Asia, especially if we consider his injury.  

Last year’s winner, Novak Djoković, has been handed quite a tough draw as well as Roger Federer. Both have very tricky draws, but it only shows that men’s tennis is becoming more and more competitive, with Next-Gen players starting to prove themselves. Hopefully, they can challenge the big three in the crucial matches.  

Novak Djoković won the tournament last year by beating Borna Ćorić 6-3,6-4 in the final. After Ćorić has beaten Roger Feder in the semi-final, we recall thinking that this could be his big breakthrough. But honestly, we’ve been quite disappointed he’s not made any real strides in the game.  

Djoković, Federer, and Medvedev are all entering the tournament from the second round onwards. Djoković will face Shapovalov, while Federer will play Ramos, who beat Čilić in the first round. 

In the potential quarter-final finals, Djoković will face Tsitsipas who lost in the final of Beijing to Dominic Thiem, while Federer will most likely play against Zverev. If everything goes according to plan, Djoković will face Medvedev, and Federer will play against Thiem in the semis. 

The Djoković-Medvedev matchup is something that all tennis fans are looking forward to. Medvedev is the first player, apart from the Big Three, to reach five consecutive finals. So there are only five active players who’ve achieved this feat – Novak Djoković, Rafa Nadal, Roger Federer, Andy Murray, and now Daniil Medvedev. 

Medvedev has won two matches in a row against World No. 1 – in Cincinnati, and Monte Carlo – and Djoković won their Australian Open matchup this year. 

To conclude, Novak Djoković is our top pick to win the Shanghai Masters, considering his form of late and the fact that the fast-court surface suits his gameplay. Also, he will undoubtedly try to hold on to the number one spot on the ATP rankings. Winning this tournament is essential in this quest. 

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Stefan Nedeljkovic
Hi, I’m Stefan, and I live for sports. No… I’m serious, I literally live for sports. I grew up within a family unit where my mom was an avid tennis player, my father played football, and my uncles and aunts (all who visited us fairly regularly) played basketball and table tennis at a competitive level. So when we weren’t playing sports, we were watching it. And when we weren’t watching sports, we were listening to it on the radio in the car. So sports have always been a part of the fabric of not only my childhood, but also my adult life too. Personally, I can play most sports. But my favorite is tennis. Here at The Sporty, I’ll be using my all-rounder sports skills to bring you the latest and greatest from the world of sports. But I will also do my best to cover as much tennis related news as I can. So that’s me in a nutshell - game, set and match.