Nadal, Federer Feature Thursday In Shanghai; Zverev Faces Del Potro

  • Posted: Oct 12, 2017

Nadal, Federer Feature Thursday In Shanghai; Zverev Faces Del Potro

World No. 1 aims to extend winning streak

The Top 4 seeds headline third round action at the Shanghai Rolex Masters on Thursday with  Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Alexander Zverev and Marin Cilic leading the way.

In the opening match on Stadium, No. 10 seed Sam Querrey takes on No. 6 seed Grigor Dimitrov, who has won both previous meetings. If Querrey reaches his first Shanghai quarter-final, he will move past Pablo Carreno Busta for the final position in the Emirates ATP Race to London. 

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Zverev vs del Potro | Dimitrov vs Querrey | Nadal vs Fognini | Federer vs Dolgopolov

In the next match on, No. 16 seed and 2013 finalist Juan Martin del Potro meets Zverev for the first time. Last week the 20-year-old German became the third player to clinch a spot in the Nitto ATP Finals in London. The 29-year-old Argentine is 3-9 vs. Top 10 opponents this season. Next up is Cilic against Steve Johnson, who is one of three Americans remaining (Isner, Querrey) in the third round for the first time in tournament history (since 2009). Cilic is 3-0 against Johnson.

In the evening session, Nadal comes in with a 13-match winning streak and looks for his 10th win over Fabio Fognini. Nadal, who reached the Shanghai final in 2009, is 9-3 lifetime against the Italian, winning the last four meetings. In the final match, Federer looks to remain unbeaten (4-0) against qualifier Alexandr Dolgopolov, who has never won a set (0-9) against the Swiss. 

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