John McEnroe Tennis Academy
  | By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff
Photo credit: Adam Wolfthal

Novak Djokovic opened his Shanghai Rolex Masters title defense on Wednesday, defeating Marcel Granollers 6-2, 6-0 in just 71 minutes. Djokovic defeated new-world number one Rafael Nadal on Sunday to win the 2013 China Open. Djokovic improved to a 3-0 lifetime mark against Granollers, converting five of his 10 break points and hitting 26 winners to claim his eighth win in a row. Djokovic has a 12-2 record in Shanghai, and will next face Italian Fabio Fognini, against whom he has a 5-0 FedEx ATP Head2Head record.

Roger Federer was also in action Wednesday in Shanghai, defeating Andreas Seppi 6-4, 6-3 to open his campaign. Federer was playing his first singles match since a fourth-round exit to Tommy Robredo at the U.S. Open in September, and improved to a 36-12 match record on the season. Federer will next face Frenchman Gael Monfils. 

Rafael Nadal moved into the third round on Wednesday with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Alexandr Dolgopolov. Nadal is chasing his 11th tour-level title of a remarkable season, which has seen him win Roland Garros and the U.S. Open. He is attempting to make history by winning his sixth ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title of the season.

Also on Wednesday, the number three seed David Ferrer recorded his 50th win of the season, defeating Lukas Rosol 6-3, 6-4 in 72 minutes, while Barclays ATP World Tour Finals contender Stanislas Wawrinka edged Kevin Anderson 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(5) in two hours and 16 minutes, facing 21 aces from the South African.

Milos Raonic also advanced in Shanghai, defeating Fernando Verdasco 7-6(1), 3-6, 6-3 in just over two hours. American John Isner fell 6-4, 7-6(4) to Carlos Berlocq, dropping to an overall 37-22 match record on the season, while Berlocq advances to face Nadal.