Shanghai Rolex Masters 2019 draw preview and predictions
Defending champion Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer lead the draw at the Shanghai Rolex Masters but will the other top seeds Daniil Medvedev, Alexander Zverev and Dominic Thiem live up to their billing?Defending champion Djokovic had to retire with a left shoulder injury in the fourth round of the US Open but has been on stellar form this week at the Rakuten Japan Open in Tokyo, crushing all opposition on his way to the final.To get more shanghai rolex masters, you can visit shine news official website.
Djokovic should be bringing the Tokyo trophy with him to Shanghai, where he’ll open against Frances Tiafoe or Denis Shapovalov – neither should be any threat to him on his Tokyo form. Nor is John Isner, whose days of beating Djokovic are long in the past and is having an uninspiring year, although he did win back-to-back matches in Beijing which suggests he might be able to get past Zhuhai champion Alex de Minaur in the first round.
Tsitsipas played well to make the China Open semifinals this week and had a couple of good wins in Shanghai last year, but he has been unlucky with the draw, which has him likely to face Felix Auger-Aliassime in the first round. Auger-Aliassime is 2-0 vs Tsitsipas and could well come through to the third round, where he would likely face Gael Monfils or big-serving Hubert Hurkacz.
There are some fun potential match-ups in this quarter but it’s difficult seeing anyone in it beating Djokovic. Daniil Medvedev, who has made the final of his past five events including the last two Masters 1000 Series events and the US Open, took a rare week off after winning St Petersburg but returns to action as the third seed in Shanghai where he could be the biggest threat to Novak Djokovic before the final.
Medvedev could open against Gilles Simon, a player he’s often said to resemble and one who has actually beaten him in their two previous encounters, but if he can get through that one, Diego Schwartzman (although another dogged counterpuncher) shouldn’t cause him too many problems in the third round.
Powerful Khachanov, a semifinalist in Beijing this week and playing quite well, has some unpredictable players in his path, starting with a potential second-round clash with Fernando Verdasco. Fabio Fognini is his projected third-round opponent in what would be a rematch of last week’s Beijing quarterfinal (which Khachanov won), but Fognini could well go out to Sam Querrey in the first round and the winner would face Andy Murray or a qualifier. With so many players who could do anything or nothing, it seems safest to envision Khachanov coming through after a good week in Beijing – and if Medvedev can’t get past Simon in the second round, he could even have a great opportunity to make his second Masters 1000 Series final of the year.