ATP Picks: Shanghai

Just one tournament this week and a chance for us to catch our breath before a flurry of European tournaments.

Shanghai Rolex MastersShanghai Rolex Masters

The penultimate Masters Series event brings us back to China for one of the best events of the year.


Let’s break it down:

ATP Level: 1000

Surface: Outdoor Hard

Defending Champion: Novak Djokovic – Lost the number 1 ranking last week and will want to prove a point or several.

Nasty Floater: Vasek Pospisil – The danger man has already put out Gasquet in round 1.

Veteran Watch:
 Tommy Haas – Still in with chance for London. Into round 2 to play Brands.

Up and Coming: Benoit Paire – Pulls off win against Simon and could do some more damage.

Slumping: Roger Federer – The Swiss Army Knife is chasing his 22nd Masters crown. He must perform here.

On Fire: Rafael Nadal – The new #1 looks for his 27th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 trophy and his first title in Shanghai.

My pick: Rafael Nadal – With the #1 under his belt, full of confidence.

Did You Know? In its first three years in 2009-2011, Shanghai was awarded ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Tournament of the Year

Watch: Shanghai Uncovered

Thanks for reading and check back next week for more picks and amusement!

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