Shanghai Masters preview and predictions

The Grandstand

Novak Djokovic will surge into the second to last Masters 1000 event of the season just like he does pretty much every year—fresh off a title in Beijing. Djokovic cruised past Rafael Nadal in the 500-point final on Sunday for his sixth Beijing triumph in as many tries. Now both players head to Shanghai along with Tokyo champion Stan Wawrinka. This week also features the return of Roger Federer, who has played only two Davis Cup matches since the U.S. Open.

Shanghai Rolex Masters

Where: Shanghai, China
Surface: Hard
Prize money: $4,783,320
Points: 1000

Top seed: Novak Djokovic
Defending champion: Roger Federer

Draw analysis: Federer appears to have a favorable draw on his hands as he returns to tournament action for the first time since losing the U.S. Open final to Djokovic. Well, it looks good at least until the semifinals—where he could…

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