Shanghai | Norrie struggles while Alcaraz and Medvedev successfully open their campaigns

After a day of upsets the organisers at the Rolex Shanghai Masters had to contend with disruptive rain resulting in a hectic day for all involved on Sunday.

I tried to not make the mistakes I did in Beijing and I think today I did pretty well.” Carlos Alcaraz

Despite the disruptions, play in the main continued under the roof of the city’s Qi Zhong Tennis Centre and only two seeds crashed out and, unfortunately, Britain’s No.1was one of them.

Cameron Norrie’s form has dipped dramatically with eight losses and only three wins since just making the second round of Wimbledon.

He looked to be on his way to stemming that run against JJ Wolf of the States, as he recovered from dropping the opening set and edged ahead in the third but rain put an end to the 15th seed’s hopes as the match was suspended and, on their eventual return on Sunday, suffered a 6-3 5-7 7-6(4) loss after three-hours and 12-minutes of actual play.

Earlier on Saturday Italy’s Matteo Arnaldi ousted the 21st seed, Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany, 6-3 3-6 6-4 and will take on Wolf in round three.

The seeds who had the good fortune to play ‘indoors’ included Carlos Alcaraz at the top of the draw and he cleared his second-round opponent, Gregoire Barrerre of France 6-2 7-5.

In what proved to be a good loosener for the 20-year-old Spaniard making his debut in Shanghai, Alcaraz said following his win: “I had just one practice here in Shanghai and then the match,

“I think he was more used to these conditions. He had more practice, a match in the bag, so it was really difficult to adapt my game in a new city, new conditions, but I think I did pretty well.

“I played really focused, I tried to take lessons from the last match in Beijing and tried to be a better player. I tried to not make the mistakes I did in Beijing and I think today I did pretty well.”

The 29-year-old Frenchman only broke the youngster once but suffered four breaks on his own serve as Alcaraz ran off with the last three games to clinch the match.


Daniil Medvedev drives a backhand

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The second seed and ‘defending’ champion, Daniil Medvedev who won the event in 2019 when the event was last played, opened his account with solid 6-3 6-3 win over Cristian Garin.

The Russian ran off eight straight games from 3-2 down in the first to lead 4-0 up in the second to record his 60th win for a second time in a season.

“(There’s a) long tournament ahead, with a lot of strong players, starting from my next match,” said Medvedev at the end of the 92-minute match.

“But the goal for sure is to try and win this beautiful trophy one more time.

“I’m definitely happy to be back in Shanghai,” he added. “I honestly feel great, and I want to stay here as long as possible.”


Jannik Sinner is on a run after winning Beijing

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The 4th-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas topped Australia’s Rinky Hijikata 6-4 6-2 while the 12th seeded Tommy Paul of the US won a routine match against Austria’s Sebastian Offner 6-3 6-0 while the 6th seeded Jannik Sinner, still riding high from defeating both Alcaraz and Medvedev respectively in the semis and final of the China Open in Beijing, recovered from a break down in the first and saved four set points to beat Marcos Giron of the US 7-6(7) 6-2.

“I’m very happy. The first matches are never easy,” Sinner said later. “I tried somehow to raise my level. I knew before the match that especially the first set was going to be tough, and I started off not in the best possible way. I just tried to stay there, especially mentally. I got lucky when he had set point, so happy about the ending.

“If I see the positive, at the end of the match I played a little bit better so hopefully it gives me confidence for the next round.”

Nicolas Jarry and Taylor Fritz were also winners on a wet Saturday, with the former defeating the French qualifier Terence Atmane 7-5 6-2 and the latter coming through a tough match against Yosuke Watanuki of Japan 7-6(2) 6-7(6) 6-4.




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