Nadal toils for a win at Shanghai Masters

Spaniard through to the third round after a three-set win, while Djokovic progresses comfortably.

    Nadal toils for a win at Shanghai Masters
    Nadal's second-round match lasted two hours and 43 minutes [EPA]

    Rafa Nadal had to toil for almost three hours to beat Ivo Karlovic and move into the third round of the Shaghai Masters.

    In contrast, top-seed Novak Djokovic breezed through with a 6-2 6-1 victory over Martin Klizan.

    Nadal eventually won through 7-5 6-7(4) 7-6(4) after two hours and 43 minutes of a closely fought encounter.

    After trailing 3-5 in the opening set, Nadal produced a series of stunning returns to break Karlovic in the 10th game to claim the lead.

    The Croat, however, refused to give up, prevailing in the second set tie-break to force the decider, which again went to the wire before the Spaniard claimed victory.

    There was no such drama for Djokovic as the world number one dropped only three games against Klizan.

    Eyeing a third Beijing-Shanghai double, Djokovic converted half of the 10 break points that came his way to sweep aside his error-prone Slovak opponent.

    French Open champion Stan Wawrinka also maintained his winning run with a 7-6(3) 6-3 victory over Viktor Troicki to set up a third-round contest with Marin Cilic.

    Third seed Andy Murray beat American Steve Johnson 6-2 6-4, Bernard Tomic eliminated seventh seed David Ferrer 6-4 6-2 and Japan's Kei Nishikori overcame Australian Nick Kyrgios 1-6 6-4 6-4.

    SOURCE: Reuters


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Double standards: 'Why aren't we all with Somalia?'

    Double standards: 'Why aren't we all with Somalia?'

    More than 300 people died in Somalia but some are asking why there was less news coverage and sympathy on social media.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    Kobe Steel: A scandal made in Japan

    Kobe Steel: A scandal made in Japan

    Japan's third-largest steelmaker has admitted it faked data on parts used in cars, planes and trains.