Nole to face Ljubicic in Shanghai R2!

The draw has been made for Shanghai Rolex Masters. The ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event starts on Sunday October 10, and will be played for $3,240,000 prize money.

Fifty six players will take part. Eight seeds (1-8) get BYE in the first round. Novak is no.2 seed and he will begin his quest for his sixth Masters title in the second round against world no.17 Croat Ivan Ljubicic who beat Chinese wild card Ze Zhang in three sets (5-7 6-3 6-4).

Djokovic’s possible opponents in the later stages of the tournament are:

3rd round: Gael Monfils (FRA,15), Richard Gasquet (FRA), Ernests Gulbis (LAT)
Quarter-finals: Tomas Berdych (CZE,7), Andy Roddick (USA,10)
Semi-finals: Roger Federer (SUI,3), Robin Soderling (SWE,5), David Ferrer (ESP,11) Marin Cilic (CRO,14), Janko Tipsarevic (SRB)

Rafael Nadal (ESP,1), Andy Murray (GBR,4), Nikolay Davydenko (RUS,6), Mikhail Youzhny (RUS,8), Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA), Marcos Baghdatis (CYP)… are in the upper part of the draw.

Novak reached the semi-finals in Shanghai last year. He lost to eventual champion Nikolay Davydenko 6-4, 4-6, 6-7(1).

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