Shanghai surprise for Nadal
Rafael Nadal was sent crashing out of the Shanghai Masters in the third round after a 7-6 6-3 defeat to an inspired Florian Mayer.
Last Updated: 13/10/11 2:55pm
Top seed Rafael Nadal was sent crashing out of the Shanghai Masters in the third round after a 7-6 6-3 defeat to an inspired Florian Mayer.
The world number 23 produced some brilliant tennis as he outplayed the 10-time grand slam winner, who was knocked out of the Chinese tournament at the same stage last year.
Nadal showed signs of an ankle problem in the sixth game but eventually shrugged it off as the first set went routinely with serve until the 10th game.
In that game, the Spaniard was forced to save two set points after falling behind on his own serve, the first of which culminated in an incredible rally which saw Mayer fall just short+ after a diving volley.
Nadal eventually came through and managed to take the set into a tie-break, but the German did not give up and fashioned two more set points in the breaker.
He failed to put away the first one but on the second, and fourth in total, he finally made the pressure count by with an authoritative ace out wide.
Mayer was then himself forced to save a break point in the opening game of the second set but overcame that early wobble to establish his serve as a dominant force again.
Nadal, on the other hand, cracked again in the seventh game of the set as Mayer moved a break up and the 15th seed claimed another break of serve to wrap up the victory in the final game.
Elsewhere in the third round, number three seed David Ferrer prevailed after coming from a set down to grind out a 1-6 7-5 6-2 victory over fellow Spaniard Juan Carlos Ferrero.
Andy Roddick, Alexandr Dolgopolov and Kei Nishikori also booked their spots in the quarter-finals, with the latter now set to become the highest ranked Japanese men's tennis player in history.