Shanghai Masters 3rd Round

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Tipsarevic scored a hard fought win over Viktor Troicki in the 2nd Rd. Image courtesy of
World number nine Janko Tipsarevic  can set up a likely showdown with world number two and compatriot Novak Djokovic with a win over German veteran Tommy Haas  at the Shanghai Masters on Thursday night. The 28 year old faced another Serbian in the 2nd round, scoring a straight sets  win over Viktor Troicki after taking the opening set 6-2 . Haas also scored a soft win to book his place in the last 16, defeating Tommy Robredo 6-3 6-3.

Although Tipsarevic is the favourite for this match, Haas will go into the clash with plenty of confidence having won the past two meetings between the pair, both on hardcourts. The German scored a five set win at the 2010 Australian Open in addition to a hard fought win at the ATP Masters Series in Paris three years earlier.

Top seed Roger Federer  faces countryman Stanislas Wawrinka  in the final match of the day after breezing past qualifier Yen-Hsun Lu in the second round, while Andy Murray  faces his first test in China against Ukranian Alexandr Dolgopolov . The US Open champion had a first round bye as the third seed before Florian Mayer withdrew from their second round match through injury. Lleyton Hewitt’s conqueror, Radek Stepanek , faces hard hitting American John Isner .

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