Andy Roddick out of Shanghai Masters.

federer-1Forced to withdraw from his match against Roger Federer, Andy Roddick was replaced by Czech alteranate player Radek Stepanik. After a close first set that ended in a tie breaker in favour of Federer 7-6, Stepanik just didn’t have enough game to take the second set from the 4 time champion. In a post game interview Federer expressed his concern for his poor play, and said he hoped after a days rest he would feel better and be ready for his next match against the unbeaten Andy Murray. It’s a must win situation for Federer who was beaten by Giles Simon in his first match. A loss to Murray, who has already guaranteed himself a berth in the semi finals, and he is on his way home. Even if Federer squeaks out a win against Murray he has to hope that Stepanik can somehow beat Simon to give him a chance of making the next round.

In the Gold group today’s match between Nickolay Davydenko and Juan Martin del Potro will decide who joins Novak Djokovic in the other semi final. The Argentinian fans must have mixed feelings about their player, they would like to see him win in Shanghai but they want him rested and fresh for the Davis Cup final. Davydenko the number 5 player played well enough to win against Djovic, but just failed to do so and might be too much for the young South American player to handle. Del Potro did beat Davydenko earlier this year in a critical Davis Cup match that put Argentine into the final.

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