As for the final, with no Nadal, Federer is the second seed so Djokovic was always going to be in the other half. Novak's shoulder injury has been the talk of the town post US Open with tons of rumours but he's made mincemeat of the field in Tokyo so far and looks to be playing without any issues. Tsitsipas, the man of the moment Medvedev, Monfils and Khacahnov are all in this half so it's not plain sailing for the World Number One.
Win, 2R, Absent, Win, Semifinal is Federer's record over the last five Shanghai tournaments so it's been a happy hunting ground for him of late. I like his chances of making it to the business end of things yet again but with a guy like Cilic potentially first up it's not worth looking too far ahead. The key is to come out from the blocks strong get through that first match. What do you guys make of the draw? Predictions for Federer?
Any other potential matches that have caught your eye? Let me know in the comment.
Sure, sure… Dream on. Someone will take care of Federer in early stage in the other half.
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Thiem is in with a real chance. The new gen is coming….. Final is the best case scenario imo, though I can actually see an early exit. What happened to him playing in Japan?
It seems to be a very homogeneous string of opponents and there are many chances for tripping over. If Roger makes it to the final, it will be a good achievement. About the possible match against Djokovic, I think Roger has a good chance. His injuries are not typically very serious. It would be more of a mental affair about which one of them wants it more. But hey, first things first! Murray looks to be coming back nicely but surely he gotta change his gameplan a bit and do less running.
Interesting draw, both for Federer and in relation to the race to London. His win vs Djoko in was legendaric but are you sure it was in the final? I remember it as SF and then won vs Simon or the like, but may be completely wrong of course.
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On the photo he looks in playful spirit, that might give him a very good chance to win the trophy. For sure Djoko has no cakewalk this time! Funny that they were practicing together. I mean, they often practice together, but given where they ended up in the draw…. Dunno what to expect. I guess he and Fed are two of the first to arrive in Shanghai with everyone else playing elsewhere. Hopefully, he has got enough practice in despite all the sponsor stuff.
Two equally tough sides of a draw — when did we last see that, I wonder? He has been in good form this year and could have had 2 slams if luck was on his side. I expect him to do well here and get to semis or finals. As always, I hope he wins it.
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Tricky draw, but it is always going to be like that at his age and increasing competition. Hey, I watched the ST Zverev match today. Sasha was up and lost it really. I thought he was on the comeback trail. ST was better at coming forward. Looks like Z just gave up at the end. Do these young guys have to constantly look to their box for approval? I think that is a big part of their problem. As far as Shanghai, everyone has a tough draw. Ye I dunno why players look over at their box every 2 minutes. I saw the volley he dumped into the net down set point.
Looked like he fought hard from the score in the second set though not gave up? Tsitsy was up, got it to Good week for Thiem too, seen him going to the dropper time and time again. The draw for Fed does not look easy. My real problem is his form, because we have not seen him play lately. Is he in form or is he only playing because of his love for the game?
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I think Mirka and their family is far more important to him. Only my thoughts. Who would be the other guys that put more effort in than him? Tricky draw, on paper he should reach at least semis. Just hope he is not to tired from all the off court stuff he is doing. That said, Williams can never be written off.
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