The eighth ATP Masters 1000 tournament of the season is officially over in Shanghai, China, and the world's top tennis stars have built momentum heading into this fall's year-end championships.
Defending tournament champion Novak Djokovic took down the rest of the star-studded field—one that included Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer—and become the 2013 winner of the event.
Nadal, who was a finalist in Shanghai in 2009 and this year, recently jumped Djokovic to take over the No. 1 spot in the ATP rankings. Despite that fact, the Spaniard was the No. 2 seed behind his rival in this year's draw.
Rafa's compatriot, David Ferrer, was a third seed, while Tomas Berdych and Federer round out the top five seeds of the tournament.
Meanwhile, world No. 3 and two-time Shanghai Open champion Andy Murray was sidelined until the end of the year while he recovers from back surgery.
With action completed, let's get you caught up with the scores and results from Shanghai.
No. 1 Novak Djokovic, Serbia
No. 2 Rafael Nadal, Spain
No. 3 David Ferrer, Spain
No. 4 Tomas Berdych, Czech Republic
No. 5 Roger Federer, Switzerland
No. 6 Juan Martin del Potro, Argentina
No. 7 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, France
No. 8 Stanislas Wawrinka, Switzerland
No. 9 Richard Gasquet, France
No. 10 Milos Raonic, Canada
No. 11 Tommy Haas, Germany
No. 12 Kei Nishikori, Japan
No. 13 Gilles Simon, France
No. 14 John Isner, United States
No. 15 Nicolas Almagro, Spain
No. 16 Tommy Robredo, Spain
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Day 1 Scores
Lukas Rosol def. Julien Benneteau; 6-3, 1-6, 6-3
Carlos Berlocq def. Dmitry Tursunov; 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
Florian Mayer def. Di Wu; 6-3, 6-3
Pablo Andujar def. Mikhail Youzhny; 5-2, retired
Four outside contenders advanced to the second round of the Shanghai Masters on Sunday. World No. 44 Carlos Berlocq was the highest-ranked player to advance, batting back from a one-set-to-love hole to beat Russia's Dmitry Tursunov.
Germany's Florian Mayer broke his opponent three times to earn a routine straight-sets win on Day 1.
Joining those two men in the second round are Lukas Rosol and Pablo Andujar. Rosol overcame a lackluster second set versus Julien Benneteau to win in three sets, while Andujar took advantage of Mikhail Youzhny's physical struggles to advance in just over half an hour after the Russian retired trailing 5-2 in the opening set.
Day 2 Scores
Tommy Haas (11) def. Sam Querrey; 6-4, 6-4
John Isner (14) def. Santiago Giraldo; 4-6, 7-5, 7-5
Gael Monfils def. Tatsuma Ito; 6-3, 6-2
Marcel Granollers def. Janko Tipsarevic; 6-4, 6-4
Top-seeded American John Isner is through to the second round in Shanghai, but it wasn't always smooth sailing for the 6'9" star in his opening-round clash with Colombian qualifier Santiago Giraldo. Isner dropped the first set 4-6 but blasted 24 aces over the final two sets to narrowly avoid the upset.
Isner will battle another unseeded South American in Round 2 when he takes on Carlos Berlocq.
Elsewhere, former top-10 player Janko Tipsarevic suffered another devastating defeat early on in a big tournament, falling to Marcel Granollers in straight sets.
The Serbian, who was ranked eighth in the world in the spring of 2012, has fallen to No. 24 in the wake of a dismal 2013 campaign. Tipsarevic squandered his only break-point chance on Monday and managed to win just 21 percent of his total return points for the match.
Now, instead of an all-Serbian matchup at the top of the draw in Round 2, Granollers will play top seed Novak Djokovic.
Ageless wonder Tommy Haas and electrifying Frenchman Gael Monfils were also winners on Day 2.
Day 3 Scores
Vasek Pospisil def. Richard Gasquet (9); 6-3, 6-4
Milos Raonic (10) def. Michal Przysiezny; 6-4, 6-4
Kei Nishikori (12) def. Grigor Dimitrov; 6-3, 6-4
Benoit Paire def. Gilles Simon (13); 6-4, 6-3
Nicolas Almagro (15) def. Go Soeda; 7-6 (7-5), 6-2
Tommy Robredo (16) def. Albert Montanes; 6-4, 6-1
Feliciano Lopez def. Jarkko Nieminen; 7-6 (7-2), 4-6, 6-3
Andreas Seppi def. Lleyton Hewitt; 6-4, 6-2
Alexandr Dolgopolov def. Michael Russell; 6-1, 6-3
Kevin Anderson def. Victor Hanescu; 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-4)
Fernando Verdasco def. Ze Zhang; 7-5, 6-2
Philipp Kohlschreiber def. Mao-Xin Gong; 7-5, 6-2
Jeremy Chardy def. Bernard Tomic; 7-5, 6-2
Jurgen Melzer def. Ivan Dodig; 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
Fabio Fognini def. Paolo Lorenzi; 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4
Daniel Brands def. Alejandro Falla; 7-6 (7-3), 7-5
Four of the six seeded players who took the court on Day 3 advanced to the second round, including 10th seed Milos Raonic, who has now won nine of his last 10 matches overall.
But it was a tough day for the two top-seeded French players in action as both Richard Gasquet and Gilles Simon were upset in Round 1. Gasquet, a semifinalist at the U.S. Open last month, suffered a stunning straight-sets loss to Canadian Vasek Pospisil while Gilles Simon experienced the same disappointing fate against compatriot Benoit Paire.
The 23-year-old Pospisil blasted 10 aces and cashed in on both of his break-point chances against Gasquet.
Paire was every bit as opportunistic vs. Simon, landing a dozen aces, capitalizing on three of four break-point chances and saving three break points on his own serve.
Seeded contenders Kei Nishikori, Nicolas Almagro and Tommy Robredo all advanced on Day 3 while top-ranked Aussies Lleyton Hewitt and Bernard Tomic were bounced from the draw.
Day 4 Scores
No. 10 Milos Raonic defeated Fernando Verdasco, 7-6 (1), 3-6, 6-3
No. 2 Rafael Nadal defeated Alexandr Dolgopolov, 6-3, 6-2
No. 3 David Ferrer defeated Lukas Rosol, 6-3, 6-4
No. 8 Stanislas Wawrinka defeated Kevin Anderson, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (5)
No. 5 Roger Federer defeated Andreas Seppi, 6-4, 6-3
No. 12 Kei Nishikori defeated Jurgen Melzer, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1
No. 15 Nicolas Almagro defeated Jeremy Chardy, 6-3, 6-4
Florian Mayer defeated Benoit Paire, 7-6 (1), 7-5
No. 11 Tommy Haas defeated Daniel Brands, 6-4, 6-4
No. 1 Novak Djokovic defeated Marcel Granollers, 6-2, 6-0
No. 4 Tomas Berdych defeated Feliciano Lopez, 7-6 (5), 6-2
Gael Monfils defeated Vasek Pospisil, 7-5, 7-6 (4)
Carlos Berlocq defeated No. 14 John Isner, 6-4, 7-6 (4)
No. 6 Juan Martin Del Potro defeated Philipp Kohlschreiber, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4)
No. 7 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga defeated Pablo Andujar, 6-3, 6-2
Fabio Fognini defeated No. 16 Tommy Robredo, 7-6 (3), 2-1 (Robredo retired)
The second round of the 2013 Shanghai Rolex Masters tournament was a showcase of the best in the sport. With the top eight seeds left in the event and 12 of the 16 ranked players still alive, this is shaping up to be an amazing event.
No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic beat Marcel Granollers, 6-2, 6-0, No. 2 seed Rafael Nadal beat Alexandr Dolgopolov, 6-3, 6-2, and No. 3 seed David Ferrer beat Lukas Rosol, 6-3, 6-4. All have now advanced to the third round.
The biggest surprise of the day was No. 5 seed Roger Federer not only beating Andreas Seppi, but defeating him in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3. Federer hasn’t been playing elite tennis as of late, but a great start to this tournament could lead to the legend contending for a title.
Tomorrow’s schedule is full of marquee matchups. Not only will round three feature four matches with ranked players going head-to-head, but Djokovic, Nadal, Ferrer and Federer will also be highlight in four matches separate matches against beatable opponents.
With so much talent left in the tournament, this event is shaping up for a memorable finish.
Day 5 Scores
Round of 16
Novak Djokovic (1) def. Fabio Fognini; 6-3, 6-3
Rafael Nadal (2) def. Carlos Berlocq; 6-1, 7-6 (7-5)
Florian Mayer def. David Ferrer (3); 6-4, 6-3
Nicolas Almagro (15) def. Tomas Berdych (4); 6-7 (6-8), 6-3, 7-6 (7-4)
Gael Monfils def. Roger Federer (5); 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3
Juan Martin del Potro (6) def. Tommy Haas (11), retirement
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (7) def. Kei Nishikori (12); 7-6 (7-5), 6-0
Stanislas Wawrinka (8) def. Milos Raonic (10); 7-6 (7-2), 6-4
Thursday's third-round action in Shanghai featured plenty of upsets as David Ferrer, Tomas Berdych and Roger Federer all exited to lower-ranked players.
German Florian Mayer took out the third-seeded Ferrer in straight sets while entertaining Frenchman Gael Monfils overcame a gut-wrenching defeat in a second-set tiebreaker to knock off 17-time Grand Slam champion Federer.
Surprisingly, Monfils finished the match with 15 aces to just three for Federer.
The fourth-seeded Berdych took a one set to love lead in his matchup against 15th-seeded Nicolas Almagro, but was outplayed in the big moments down the stretch and wound up losing in three sets.
The two favorites in the singles draw, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal each rolled to straight-sets wins on Day 5 and will move one round closer to a potential matchup in the tournament final on Sunday.
Day 6 Scores
Novak Djokovic (1) def. Gael Monfils; 6-7(4), 6-2, 6-4
Juan Martin del Potro (6) def. Nicolas Almagro (15); 6-3, 6-3
Rafael Nadal (2) def. Stanislas Wawrinka (8); 7-6(10), 6-1
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (7) def. Florian Mayer; 6-2, 6-3
The top seeds ran into a bit of trouble in the quarterfinals after cruising through the early rounds at Shanghai.
Novak Djokovic dropped his first set in a tiebreak against Gael Monfils to put him at the brink of elimination. However, the now No. 2 player in the world came back strong with his serve and was not broken for the rest of the match.
He won the final two sets with ease to advance to the semifinals.
Meanwhile, Rafael Nadal also had trouble in the first set with Stanislas Wawrinka. Nadal survived a tiebreak, but he needed 12 points to escape the back-and-forth battle.
However, Nadal won the important points in that set and continued that trend in the second set, winning all three break points he faced to earn an easy 6-1 victory.
These two remain on a collision course to face each other in the finals once again.
Of course, they will first have to get by Juan Martin del Potro and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, each of which had easy wins in the quarterfinals. Both players excel on hard courts and could pose problems for the favorites in the next match.
Still, the fans in attendance will certainly be hoping for a final between the No. 1 and No. 2 players in the world.
Day 7 Scores
Novak Djokovic (1) def. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (7); 6-2, 7-5
Juan Martin del Potro (6) def. Rafael Nadal (2); 6-2, 6-4
Juan Martin del Potro did the unthinkable on Saturday in Shanghai, practically blowing world No. 1 Rafael Nadal off the court in a straight-sets win in the primetime semifinal.
The Argentine was brilliant from start to finish, blasting five aces and saving all six of Nadal's break-point chances to beat the Spaniard for the first time since 2009, when he knocked him off en route to winning the U.S. Open. With the victory, Delpo is through to his third career Masters 1000 final and his first ever Shanghai final.
In Saturday's first semifinal matchup, top seed Novak Djokovic overwhelmed Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, defeating him in straight sets to reach his second consecutive Shanghai final.
Djokovic broke Tsonga five times in 10 tries and won 65 percent of his total service points for the match.
Sunday's final will pit Djokovic and del Potro against one another for the first time since their epic five-set semifinal clash at Wimbledon this past summer.
No. 1 Novak Djokovic defeated No. 6 Juan Martin del Potro, 6-1, 3-6, 7-6.
Novak Djokovic has defeated Juan Martin del Potro 6-1 3-6 7-6 to win the Shanghai Masters pic.twitter.com/PxQoHwztuV— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) October 13, 2013
After No. 2 seed Rafael Nadal was knocked out by No. 6 seed Juan Martin del Potro in the semifinals, No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic became the clear favorite to steal the show and win the 2013 Shanghai Rolex Masters.
Not so fast.
Djokovic is the better overall player and was able to win the tournament, but it was far from an easy match. Del Potro was playing some of the best tennis of his life and had built serious momentum with the victory over Nadal.
While Djoker dominated Del Potro in the first set, 6-1, the Argentinean star came back with fury in the second set. 6-3, and dominated the top seed to force a third and decisive set. Both men fought hard for the win, but it was Djokovic that was just slightly better Sunday.
This matchup was so close because these men are incredibly similar to each other on the court. With the elite height and speed to be a force in the return game while still possessing booming shots off the serve, both men showed they deserved the honor of playing in the final.
Del Potro deserves immense credit for beating Nadal and standing toe-to-toe with Djokovic, but the composure show by the world’s No. 2 men’s tennis player is why he was able to secure this victory.