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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, October 10, 2013
SHANGHAI---Novak Djokovic survived a scare when
he landed awkwardly on his right foot and recovered
to beat Spain s Marcel Granollers 6-2, 6-0 in the
Shanghai Masters yesterday.
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal had fewer problems
in their second-round matches. Federer rebounded
from an early break to defeat Andreas Seppi of Italy
6-4, 6-3, while Nadal, who reclaimed the No 1 ranking
this week, dispatched Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine
Djokovic hit a running backhand in the first game
of the second set and then leaped in the air, wincing
in pain. He called for a medical timeout after the
game to have his foot wrapped and appeared slightly
tentative after returning to the court, not bothering
to chase after a couple of shots.
The Serb dominated the rest of the match, however,
closing it out in 70 minutes to set up a third-round
match with Italian Fabio Fognini, who advanced when
Tommy Robredo retired with a wrist injury while
trailing 7-6 (3), 2-1.
Djokovic said the problem wasn t serious, without
elaborating about where specifically he felt the pain.
"It was just an awkward movement," he said. "I
was running and I made a quick movement that
caused a sharp pain."
"It s all good now," he added succinctly when ques-
Nadal has been nearly invincible this year, dropping
only four matches. But he s been vulnerable at this
tournament in the past, particularly in the early
going---he s lost in the third round the last two times
he s played.
There was never much of a worry against Dolgo-
Federer, the fifth seed, had more unforced errors
(29) than winners (19) in his first match since a
fourth-round loss at the US Open, but he made quick
work of the 22nd-ranked Seppi.
Federer next plays Frenchman Gael Monfils, with
a possible quarterfinal with Djokovic looming.
Two other top players, Tomas Berdych and Juan
Martin del Potro, also came through with victories
despite struggling with injury and illness.
Fourth-seeded Berdych rebounded from a back
injury sustained in the semifinals of the China Open
last week to defeat Feliciano Lopez 7-6 (5), 6-2. He
said after his last match he could barely stand or
walk when he retired against Nadal.
LINZ---Top-seeded Angelique Kerber overcame a
poor start to beat Monica Niculescu of Romania 0-
6, 6-1, 6-2 in the first round of the Generali Ladies
The tenth-ranked German struggled for rhythm
and won just five points on her own serve as she
lost the opening set in 22 minutes. Kerber settled
after an early break in the second and conceded just
three games in the remainder of the match.
"I just wasn t there in the first set. I was too nerv-
ous." Kerber said. "I am happy that I managed to
turn the match around."
Kerber was given a late wildcard entry to replace
Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic after the former
Wimbledon champion pulled out with a back injury.
Kerber leads the competition for the eighth and
final spot at the season-ending WTA Championships
in Istanbul. She needs a semifinal place this week
or a quarterfinal in Moscow next week to secure it.
In the second round, Kerber faces another player
from Romania, Alexandra Cadantu, who beat Melanie
Klaffner of Austria 7-6 (4), 6-2.
Two-time former champion Ana Ivanovic reached
her fourth quarterfinal of the season by defeating
Francesca Schiavone of Italy 6-3, 7-5.
In a match between two former French Open
champions, the third-seeded Ivanovic was more con-
sistent in her ground strokes, while Schiavone dou-
ble-faulted nine times.
Earlier, seeded players Carla Suarez Navarro of
Spain and Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium also advanced
to the quarterfinals.
No 4 Suarez Navarro defeated Elina Svitolina of
Ukraine 6-1, 6-4 to reach the last eight for the first
time since her 6-0, 6-0 defeat by Serena Williams
at the US Open five weeks ago.
overcomes poor start
Djokovic survives injury
scare to win in Shanghai Serbia's Novak Djokovic
returns the ball during a
match against Spain's
Marcel Granollers for the
Shanghai Masters tennis
tournament at the
Qizhong Forest Sports City
Tennis Center in Shanghai,
China, yesterday. Djokovic
won 6-2, 6-0. AP PHOTO
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