Shanghai Rolex Masters 2019: Sunday Tennis Scores, Results & Updated Schedule | Launderer’s report
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The 2019 Shanghai Masters main draw kicked off on Sunday, with Nikoloz Basilashvili being the first seeded player to advance to the second round.
Basilashvili, seeded 15th, had to come from behind to beat Radu Albot 4-6, 6-1, 6-3. There were also victories for Taylor Fritz, Joao Sousa and Hubert Hurkacz.
Other big names will take to the court on Monday, including three-time Grand Slam winner Andy Murray after impressive performances at the China Open, as well as ninth-seeded Gael Monfils and Marin Cilic.
Shanghai Masters: results of the 1st round
(15) Nikoloz Basilashvili bt. Radu Albot: 4-6, 6-1, 6-3
Taylor Fritz bt. Fernando Verdasco: 7-6 (2), 6-7 (5), 6-4
João Sousa bt. Filip Krajinovic: 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (5)
Hubert Hurkacz bt. Zhang Zhizhen: 7-6 (5), 6-4
Monday schedule: selected matches
Center Court 1
Frances Tiafoe vs. Denis Shapovalov
(10) Fabio Fognini against Sam Querrey
Andy Murray vs. Juan Ignacio Londero
Zhang Ze vs. Pablo Carreno Busta
Show Land 3
Albert Ramos-Vinolas vs. Marin Cilic
Vasek Pospisil vs (14) Diego Schwartzman
(9) Gael Monfils against Lorenzo Sonego
Mikhail Kukushkin vs Miomir Kecmanovic
For results, draw and full schedule visit contest website.
Although the more high-profile names won’t begin their quest for success until later in the week, those in attendance at the Qizhong Forest Sports City Arena on Sunday got their money’s worth in terms of quality matches.
Basilashvili was the highest ranked player on the show, and it took him a while to face Albot. The Romanian played the best tennis in the first set, challenging his opponent.
However, the Georgian was able to show his class in the following set, as he conceded just one game to tie the game. From there, it was always going to be a daunting task for Albot, who was unable to live with Basilashvili’s intensity in the decider.
Fritz and Fernando Verdasco had the tightest match of the day, with the young American prevailing over his veteran opponent.
After two tie-breaks and a tense final set, won by Fritz after an early break, the match stretched out for nearly three hours:
Spectators will be intrigued to see how Murray fares as he continues his recovery from injury. The former world No. 1 recently advanced to the quarter-finals of the China Open, where he was beaten by eventual winner Dominic Thiem.
The tournament’s top seed is defending champion Novak Djokovic, with Roger Federer second; they should be in action on Tuesday. Djokovic will face the winner of the match between Frances Tiafoe and Denis Shapovalov, with Federer against Cilic or Albert Ramos Vinolas.