Start Shanghai without Nadal and with Djokovic and Federer favorites

The great tennis event in China starts this Sunday with Novak Djokovic (1) and Roger Federer (3) as favorites in the absence of Nadal, with physical problems.

The great tennis event in China starts this Sunday with the Serbian Novak Djokovic (1) and the Swiss Roger Federer (3) as favorites, after the Spanish Rafael Nadal (2) confirmed that he will not participate in the Shanghai 1000 Masters by physical problems The Majorcan tennis player on Friday sent a message to the tournament director, Michael Luevano, in which he explained that the left wrist injury he suffered in Geneva during the Laver Cup "is not healed one hundred percent" so he will not finally travel to China.

The main fight is thus between the last two winners of this tournament (Djokovic in 2018 and Federer in 2017), who would not face until a hypothetical final on Sunday 13, since both are on different sides of the table. After last year's victory, Djokovic (four-time winner in Shanghai) only plays for defending his points (and his leadership in the ATP ranking) while Federer (winner of the tournament twice) wants to make up for his performance the year last, when he was eliminated in the semifinals by Croatian Borna Coric (14) .

Both go directly to the second round, like the Spanish Roberto Bautista (tenth of the world), who retired this week in the first round of the Beijing Open due to abdominal discomfort. The Castellón, who is doing a remarkable season, was booked for Shanghai, a tournament he keeps a good memory after reaching the final in 2016, after defeating Djokovic in the semifinals.

On that occasion his executioner was the British Andy Murray (three times winner of the tournament), who returns to Shanghai after his return to the maximum competition, after last January was operated on the hip for the second time. The former number one tennis player, who managed to reach the quarterfinals at the Beijing Open this week, will face in the first round against a tennis player of the qualifying phase.

Murray plays in the Djokovic box, where there are other figures such as the Russian Daniil Medvedev (4), the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas (7) and the Spanish Fernando Verdasco (38), who will face the American Taylor Fritz (31) in the first round . Meanwhile, in the Federer box are, among others, Baptist, Dominic Thiem (5) and Alexander Zverev (6), as well as another of the classified Spaniards, Albert Ramos (44), who will debut in the first round against Croatian Marin Cilic (30) .

In the qualifying round that takes place this Saturday there are two other Spaniards, Pablo Carreño (39), who will play his first round pass against the Chinese Di Wu, and Marcel Granollers, who achieved his classification after beating the Australian Alexei Popyrin. Both Granollers and Verdasco and Ramos will also play the men's doubles tournament in Shanghai.

The Shanghai Masters 1,000, which will distribute more than 8 million dollars in prizes, is the most important tennis tournament in Asia and is the penultimate competition of this category this year, before the Paris-Bercy.

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