Carreño enters Shanghai's final draw by beating Koepfer

The Spanish won with absolute clarity: 6-3 and 6-1 in 71 minutes of play. He joins Verdasco and Bautista in the next phase.

Pablo Carreño did his homework in the previous phase of the Shanghai Masters 1,000. The Spanish finally entered the final table of the tournament, first Masters of the Asian tour, after prevailing in the last game of the previous one to the German Dominik Koepfer (No. 88 ATP) with absolute clarity: 6-3 and 6-1 in 71 minutes of game

In this way, Carreño joins his compatriots Fernando Verdasco (debut against Fritz) and Roberto Bautista (Opelka or Lajovic), something that Marcel Granollers could not achieve, joins the final tournament. The Catalan fell in the last game of the previous phase against Pospisil. The Canadian, in a close match, ended up sealing his ticket to the final draw by a score of 7-5 and 7-6 (2) .

Between the games finished so far this day we have the first round victories of Basilashvili and Joao Sousa.

Star cast

We remind you that Rafa Nadal will not be on this date. The Balearic resigned from the Chinese tournament, where he did not defend points by not contesting it either in 2018, due to the lack of preparation of the last weeks for the inconvenience suffered from the Laver Cup in his hand.

However, most major stars of the circuit have not been missing: Roger Federer, Alexander Zverev, Dominic Thiem, Roberto Bautista, Karen Khachanov, Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and, of course, Novak Djokovic. The current world number 1, which expanded its advantage in the ranking over Nadal after winning the title in Tokyo, will make its debut next Tuesday or Wednesday against the winner of the duel between Frances Tiafoe and Denis Shapovalov. A hard start for 'Nole' that could be followed by rivals such as Isner in the round of 16, Tsitsipas in the quarterfinals and Zverev or Thiem in the semifinals. The main course, with Roger Federer, would be reserved for a hypothetical final.

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