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SHANGHAI---Roger Federer saved five
match points and rallied from a 5-2 deficit
in the third-set tiebreaker before finally
beating Leonardo Mayer 7-5, 3-6, 7-6 (7)
in a thrilling second-round match at the
Shanghai Masters yesterday.
Rafael Nadal, meanwhile, lost to fellow
Spaniard Feliciano Lopez 6-3, 7-6 (6) only
days after appendicitis left him bedridden
and uncertain if he'd be able to compete.
Federer hadn't played since helping
Switzerland beat Italy to make the Davis
Cup final a month ago, and the inactivity
showed. He made an uncharacteristic 57
unforced errors---including some bad
mishits---and only won about half of his
points at the net.
The Swiss star was also a little fortunate.
On Mayer's first match point at 5-4 in the
third, the Argentine aimed a backhand pass-
ing shot down the line but the ball clipped
the tape and fell back on his side of the net.
Federer finally put it away on his first
match point with a backhand lob that just
caught the line.
Nadal was in so much pain from appen-
dicitis earlier this week, he couldn't sleep,
eat or even get out of bed for several days.
After an aggressive course of antibiotics
to control the inflammation, he felt healthy
enough to play his opening match against
However, his shots lacked depth and
power, and his serve didn't have its usual
Nadal said he felt a little dizzy from the
antibiotics, but otherwise wasn't in a great
deal of pain.
The 14-time major winner had just
returned to the tour after two months on
the sidelines with a wrist injury.
Now he faces likely surgery to have his
appendix removed, which could keep him
out of the ATP Tour Finals in London next
Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic also
moved into the third round with wins.
Murray has been on a roll over the last
three weeks in China, winning nine of his
last 10 matches as he tries to qualify for the
ATP Finals. He defeated Jerzy Janowicz of
Poland 7-5, 6-2.
He next faces David Ferrer, another player
fighting for a spot in the elite eight-man
field. Ferrer rallied to beat Martin Klizan 4-
6, 7-6 (4), 6-4. With Chinese basketball
star Yao Ming in the stands, Djokovic
extended his unbeaten streak in China to
26 straight matches with a 6-3, 6-4 win
over Dominic Thiem of Austria, at 21, the
youngest player in the top 50.
Djokovic had never played Thiem before
and he was impressed by the Austrian's
Kei Nishikori and Stan Wawrinka were
among a number of seeds to be knocked
The fourth-seeded Wawrinka lost early
for the second straight week, squandering
a 3-0 lead in the final set before falling to
Gilles Simon 5-7, 7-5, 6-4.
Other winners include Tomas Berdych,
Julien Benneteau and John Isner. Milos Raon-
ic, the eighth seed, retired from his match
against Juan Monaco with an illness while
trailing 5-2. (AP)
Federer grabs thriller
at Shanghai Masters
cruises in Linz
LINZ---Top-seeded Eugenie Bouchard overcame a
slow start to beat Patricia Mayr-Achleitner of Aus-
tria 6-4, 6-1 in the opening round of the Generali
Bouchard dropped her opening service game and
the Wimbledon finalist failed to shrug off her 100th-
ranked opponent until 4-4. The sixth-ranked Cana-
dian then won six straight games and smoothly closed
out the win.
Bouchard and No 7 Karolina Pliskova of the Czech
Republic are the only seeded players left in the tour-
nament after the first round.
No 2 Ana Ivanovic pulled out injured while No 3
Dominika Cibulkova and No 5 Sabine Lisicki both
slipped to three-set defeats on Wednesday.
Two-time former champion Ivanovic withdrew
with a hip complaint one day after receiving medical
treatment during her first-round win over Pauline
Parmentier of France.
"This injury has been plaguing me the whole sum-
mer, and it got worse during the recent tournaments
in Asia," Ivanovic said in a statement on the tour-
nament Web site. "I am sorry but I can't play on."
The eighth-ranked Ivanovic, who won the indoor
hard-court event in Austria in 2008 and 2010 and
reached the final last year, has qualified for the WTA
Finals in Singapore.
Her withdrawal advanced Madison Brengle of the
United States to her first career quarterfinal.
Anna-Lena Friedsam of Germany rallied to defeat
Cibulkova 2-6, 6-3, 6-4. The 94th-ranked Friedsam
missed two match points while serving at 5-2 but
converted the fourth chance in her next service game.
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