The draw for Shanghai is out and you can view it here – Shanghai Masters Draw. I'm happy with Roger's draw as it's one of those that's not stupidly difficult but not one that's not stupidly easy either.
We don't know his second round opponent yet (get's a bye for 1st round) but we know it will either be ZHANG, Ze (WC) or a Qualifier. I'm personally hoping the Chinese wild card gets through because that would be a great match for the fans, I think he will do because he just beat Gasquet in Beijing before losing to Mayer in the Quarter Finals. Gasquet just won in Bangkok so to beat him in 3 sets is a real achievement, I didn't see the match but he must have played pretty well. Maybe the fact Zhang is coached by Gasquet's former coach helped a little to know his weaknesses and that worked in his favour.
Next up Roger will likely face Istomin or Wawrinka. Should those 2 meet I think it's 50/50 who wins that one, on paper you have to say Stan but he's very unpredictable and Istomin can be tricky.
After that I think he will probably play Juan Monaco, I'm kinda excited about this match happening because if JesusFed shows up on court then he makes Monaco look like a complete mug of tennis. On the flip if Shankerer is about then Monaco will be a bit of a test. Fine margins.
Murray has landed in Roger's half again and if both men make it they'll meet in the semi's in a repeat of the 2010 final which Murray won easily. I'd pick Roger in that one after the Scot lost to Raonic in Tokyo today. There's also Isner floating around who could be in the mixer but I imagine he'll get beaten earlier in the tournament.
On the other half of the draw I think it's going to be a two horse race between Tsonga and Djokovic. Djoker looks like he's going to win Beijing (faces Tsonga in the final tomorrow) so I guess he will probably make the final in Shanghai too.
Like I said right at the start I'm liking this draw and I think Roger has a good chance of winning it. He played well last time out in Shanghai up until the final and I'm sure he can go one better this time around. There's some good tests along the way and obviously playing Murray fresh off his US Open win will be tricky but I think Roger can take that one and then in the final anything can happen.
Death Threat Cleared Up
Perhaps the best news is that the death threats I posted about yesterday have been cleared up and it ended up being what I said and just some clown posting stupid stuff online and nothing serious. Be interesting to know how old the guy is, sounds like something an 11 year old would do but you never know he could be a lot older.
Apparently he wrote to the the Shanghai Masters tournament organiser and said:
I’m terribly sorry. I was arguing with Federer fans and then I wrote something stupid. I hope that the organizers can understand me, forgive me, and if possible send my apologies to Federer and his family.
In other news Roger has hired a bodyguard to accompany him throughout his stay in Shanghai and you can see him in the picture below:
Be afraid, be very afraid.
Found this courtesy of ZezeAM
Anyway, I'll be posting throughout the week after Fed's matches and I'm hoping for a good week. Allez les suisse!