The 2017 Shanghai Rolex Masters takes place from 8th October to 15th October and, despite injuries to a number of household names, it promises to be an intriguing week of top-level tennis as we enter the final six weeks of the ATP season.
Kei Nishikori, David Ferrer, Milos Raonic, Stan Wawrinka, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray are among the leading players that have withdrawn from the Chinese tournament. Djokovic and Murray’s injuries have meant that they have fallen down the ATP rankings – Murray was world number one, but he is now third behind Roger Federer and the new leader Rafael Nadal.
The Serbian, meanwhile, is down to sixth; both will likely be back at the beginning of the 2018 season and ready to make a major impact, starting with the Australian Open in January. As an ATP 1000, the Shanghai Masters is the third highest tier of tennis competitions for both prestige and points, below Grand Slams, and the ATP World Tour Finals which are taking place next month in London.
With Andy Murray not available to defend the 2016 title that he claimed in China, thoughts have to turn to both Nadal and Federer, the great rivals that have both been revitalized in recent months. Having won Grand Slams this season – a remarkable feat given their age and years on tour - both players have a bye to the second round, with Nadal beginning his title bid against Jared Donaldson of the USA. The 21-year-old beat Pablo Cuevas 6-7, 6-4, 6-4 in the first round, but will clearly be the major underdog when he meets his Spanish opponent in the early hours of Wednesday (CET).
Tipbet have plenty of top tennis odds, and they rate Nadal at 1.06 to win the match, with many other odds markets available, including predicting the correct score. His American opponent will undoubtedly face one of the biggest tests of his career; he is therefore 3.05 to win any set or 6.75 to advance to the last-16.
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