Shanghai

Tsonga storms back to overhaul Djokovic

Jo Wilfried TsongaShanghai- Jo-Wilfried Tsonga claimed his third revenge win in two months over Novak Djokovic as he produced a 1-6, 7-5, 6-1 Gold group comeback to spoil the Serb's hopes for a perfect group record on Thursday at the Masters Cup.

The 23-year-old Tsonga is out of consideration for a semi-final spot, but earned a moral victory over the man who beat him in the Australian Open final in January. Djokovic ended with a 2-1 mark.

Tsonga has now proved his point over the world number three in the Bangkok final and third round at Paris Bercy in addition to the year-end spectacular.

ATP official defends schedule after Roddick protest

ATP official defends schedule after Roddick protestShanghai - ATP executive candidate Brad Drewitt on Thursday defended the decision to increase the 2009 player workload in exchange for more prize money after Andy Roddick charged that an over-heated schedule is leading to injuries on court.

Roddick withdrew with some frustration on Wednesday after rolling his ankle in training and handing a spot in the eight-man Masters Cup wrap-up event to alternate Radek Stepanek.

ITF president: "Nadal has a very serious problem"

Rafael Nadal reigns supreme in men's tennisShanghai - World number one tennis player Rafael Nadal is suffering from serious physical problems, the president of the International Tennis Federation (ITF), Francesco Ricci Bitti, said on Wednesday.

"Nadal has a very serious problem," Ricci Bitti told a small group of media, including Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa, at the Masters Cup tournament in Shanghai.

Unbeaten Murray clinches Shanghai semi-final

Andy MurrayShanghai - Andy Murray rolled into the semi-finals in his debut week at the Masters Cup, defeating Frenchman Gilles Simon 6-4, 6-2 in a Red group showdown on Wednesday.

The Scot polished his record to a perfect 2-0 as he beat the last player to enter the eight-man field. Simon gained a place at the last minute when world number one Rafael Nadal pulled out with a knee injury which will require a month or more to fully heal.

'Simon obviously is playing the best tennis of his life and he's in the top 10," said Murray.

Unbeaten Murray clinches Shanghai semi-final

Andy MurrayShanghai - Andy Murray rolled into the semi-finals in his debut week at the Masters Cup, defeating Frenchman Gilles Simon 6-4, 6-2 in a Red group showdown on Wednesday.

The Scot polished his record to a perfect 2-0 as he beat the last player to enter the eight-man field. Simon gained a place at the last minute when Rafael Nadal pulled out with a knee injury which will require a month or more to fully heal.

Roger Federer was fighting to stay in the chase later as the Swiss holder faced Radek Stepanek after losing an opening match to a Simon comeback effort on Monday.

Ankle injury forces Roddick from Masters Cup

Shanghai - Andy Roddick withdrew from the Masters Cup shortly before his match on Wednesday, citing a right ankle injury he suffered during training the day before.

The American, who lost his opening match to Andy Murray, will be replaced in the Red group by Czech Radek Stepanek.

The American dropped his bombshell a few hours before he was due to take to the court against Roger Federer.

"In practise I just went over on it, we tried as much as we could to get it better," he said. "I can't really stop and start very quickly. It's anything when I go kind of over on the outside it hurts.

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