Verdasco and Nishikori advance in Shanghai

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Updated: October 10, 2012

Fernando Verdasco advanced to the next round of the Shanghai Masters following a comfortable win over in form Juan Monaco 6-4,6-2.

Giant American Jon Isner booked his place in the third round by beating South Africa’s Kevin Anderson 7-6 (7/3), 6-7 (8/10), 7-6 (9/7)clawing his way back from 2 match points in the battle of the big serves.

Kei Nishikori fresh off his spectacular win in Japan last week also advanced easing past China’s Wu Di 6-2, 6-4.

Croatian 10th seed Marin Cilic joined them in the third round after defeating Slovakia’s Martin Klizan, the recent St Petersburg Open champion.

Other first round winners were, Wawrinka, Raonic, Lopez, Meyer who performed well here last year defeating Nadal, and Frenchman Simon.

Todays action sees all the big names getting their campaigns underway. Defending champion Andy Murray takes on Florian Meyer, a tricky second round match for the Scot, Novak Djokovic against Dimitrov and Federer gunning for his 22 Masters win takes on Yen-Hsun Lu.