Big 3 progress in Shanghai

Updated: October 11, 2012

Its difficult to see the winner in Shanghai coming from any other than Djokovic, Murray or Federer as all 3 began their campaigns in China.

US Open and defending champion in China Andy Murray had the easiest path. The Scot didnt even have to take to the court as Florian Meyer withdrew due to injury.

World no. 1 Roger Federer needs a good showing if he wants to hold on to the no. 1 ranking, as he guns for his 22 Masters title had few problems as he progressed to the next round in straight sets win against Taiwanese qualifier Lu Yen-hsun 6-3, 7-5 to set up a clash with fellow countryman Stanislas Wawrinka.

Djokovic, who will regain the world No 1 ranking if he wins the title and Federer loses before the quarterfinals, dismissed Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov 6-3, 6-2.

Next up for Djokovic is Spain’s Feliciano Lopez who dispatched Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 6-4.

There were wins for fourth seed Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic, fifth-seeded Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, sixth seed Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia and 13th seed Wawrinka.

There were some upsets as Gasquet, Raonic, Simon and last weeks winner Nishikori all lost.