On the bottom half of the board, the world No. 2 Roger Federer [VIDEO] took on Diego Schwartzman fro Argentina in what turned out to be an intriguing encounter.
Shanghai Rolex Masters is the biggest dot on ATP circuit's radar during the Asian leg on hard court. The 19-time Grand Slam champion won the Australian Open and Wimbledon title this year while Nadal picked up the other two Grand Slams in the French Open and US Open.
He said on the eve of the match that he has learnt to adapt his playing style as he reaches the climax of one of the great tennis careers. Looming in Shanghai is a potential clash in the final between Federer and Rafael Nadal, whose friendly rivalry has blossomed anew this year as they force the next generation to wait their turn.
Moreover, this Masters 1000 event may give a hint of how the battle for the world No. 1 seat will unfold next as #Roger Federer and #Rafael Nadal are leading the action with the Swiss tennis superstar seeking to close the gap on his rival.
"Of course, I was happy to get that break in the 3-2 in the sixth game. I came to realise that obviously last year", he said.
"To win tournaments is not an easy thing to do. So for him to go to Beijing and win it right away, I expected him to pull out, to be honest". The storyline suggests, and rightly so, that sanitation in India suffers not only from a lack of infrastructure, but is also worsened by a culture that prefers defecating in the open.
Also Sunday, Lucas Pouille of France defeated Daniil Medvedev of Russia 6-4, 6-2, and Italy's Fabio Fognini beat Fernando Verdasco of Spain 2-6, 6-4, 6-2. An example of this neglect is that while the number of women entering the workforce increases, there is a troubling shortage of toilet facilities to match the number of women employees.
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"It's nice to see him keeping going". I knew on that match point I just had to make that first serve.