Federer crashes out in Shanghai

Federer crashes out in Shanghai

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Roger Federer went out of the Shanghai Masters at the last-16 stage as he lost to France’s world number 42 Gael Monfils.After dropping the first set, the 17-time Grand Slam title winner was on the brink of going out in straight sets at 3-5 down in the second, and later 3-5 down in the tie-break before winning four straight points.
Monfils then broke the Swiss former world number one in the fourth game of the decider.
It was Monfils’s second victory over Federer in eight meetings, and leaves the Swiss battling to reach the end-of-season ATP World Tour Finals for the 12th consecutive year. Monfils will play top seed and defending champion Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals.
Juan Martin del Potro was gifted a spot in the quarter-finals of the Shanghai Masters as German veteran Tommy Haas was forced to retire injured.
The 35-year-old had beaten Daniel Brands and Sam Querrey to make the last-16, but his long-standing back problem flared up before the clash with the sixth-seeded Argentinian.
Del Potro will face either Tomas Berdych or Nicolas Almagro in the quarter finals.
Jo Wilfried Tsonga also made the quarter-finals with a win over Japan’s Kei Nishikori.
Tsonga was pushed hard by his 23-year-old opponent in a nip-and-tuck opening set that was decided in a tie-break, but hit his stride in the second set as he dropped not a single point on his own serve while tearing Nishikori to bits on his way to a 7-6(4) 6-0 victory.
Spaniard Nadal meets Argentine Carlos Berlocq in the day’s late match.
Shanghai Masters Men’s Singles Round 3 matches on Thursday
7-Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (France) beat 12-Kei Nishikori (Japan) 7-6(5) 6-0
6-Juan Martin Del Potro (Argentina) beat 11-Tommy Haas (Germany)WO – Reuters via Yahoo News

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