Florian Mayer Beats Nadal
October 13, 2011 by staff
Florian Mayer Beats Nadal, Rafael Nadal was defeated by Florian Mayer, 7-6 (5), 6-3 on Thursday at the Shanghai Masters, the second consecutive year that failed to reach the quarterfinals of the tournament.
Andy Roddick advanced with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Nicolas Almagro of Spain. Roddick had 11 aces and 23 winners to Almagro beat seventh-seeded.
Roddick will play third-seeded David Ferrer, who saved three match points against Juan Carlos Ferrero in a 1-6, 7-5, 6-2.
Mayer pushed Nadal to the net throughout the match, winning 21 of his 29 approaches.
Nadal saved two set points while serving at 4-5 in the first, but then gave several crucial points in the tiebreak, which Mayer said with an ace.
Mayer had the first chance of the game at 3-3 in the second set, when Nadal hit a homer in the top of the network. It became another break point in the game, running down a drop shot and flicking it past Nadal in the network.
The Spanish top seed lost in the third round in Shanghai last year to Austrian Jurgen Melzer, just weeks after winning his first U.S. Open title.
It is also only the second time in 16 tournaments this year he’s stopped making the quarterfinals. In August, fell in the second round of Canadian Open Croatian Ivan Dodig.
Defending champion Andy Murray held off a late manifestation of Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka to advance to the quarterfinals with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.
After losing the second set, the second seeded Scot broke Wawrinka twice to take a 5-0 lead in the third. However, Wawrinka fought to take over the next three games before Murray finally closed.
“The first set was 3-0 up, two breaks, rather fast, and went 5-0 in the third set. Both teams got a little closer than maybe they had to be,” said Murray.
Roddick is trying to finish their season on a positive note after struggling with injuries, crashing into the third round of Wimbledon.
After reaching the quarterfinals of U.S. Open last month, Roddick fell in the first round of the China Open in Beijing and became angry when asked by a reporter whether he was considering retirement.
Their game against 11-ranked Almagro suggests retirement may be a bit far, winning 91 percent of his first serve points – 32 of 35 points – and captured 10 of 12 points in the network. He never faced a break point.
Frenchman Gilles Simon, the No. 8 seed, was beaten by Matthew Ebden, a qualifier ranked 124th in Australia, 6-2, 2-6, 7-6 (8). Ebden, who had won just eight games in Shanghai ATP before, which ended in his fifth match point.
Murray Ebden plays next to a spot in the semifinals.
“It will be a tough match,” Murray said. “Obviously it is only the best win of his career, so he’ll be safe.”
Alexandr Dolgopolov dropped the first set against Australian teenager Bernard Tomic, then reeled off 12 of the last 13 games to win, 5-7, 6-1, 6-0. Kei Nishikori continued his hot streak – left Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the second round – beating Santiago Giraldo 7-6 (6), 4-6, 6-3.
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