Shanghai Masters: Federer, Nadal move ahead

Shanghai: Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer began their Shanghai Rolex Masters campaign with a win and they defeated their opponents in straight-set and thrashed Jared Donaldson and Diego Schwartzman respectively to reach the last 16.

Nadal is very much in good form and took only 54 minutes to knock out Jared Donaldson of the United States 6-2, 6-1 at the central court.

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Following to the match he said: “It was a very quick match in all aspects. I think Jared started playing very well at the beginning, serving big, and then hitting very strong from the baseline.”

He further went on to say: “Of course I started trying to play a little bit more safe, you know, without looking for big shots. Always the first match, as I say before, is difficult and the transition is not easy…I’m happy with everything. For me it was difficult to imagine a better start. But just the beginning, tomorrow is another tough match.”

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Nadal will now be facing Italian player Fabio Fognini in the next round and will be hoping to clinch his maiden title in Shanghai.