Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Roger Federer to take part in Shanghai Masters

Roger Federer, the No.1 ranked men's tennis star, will return to the Shanghai Masters this year after sitting out in 2011, according to a press release issued Monday by Juss Event, the tournament's organizer. 

Federer's presence at the annual local tennis tournament was uncertain after he said at a press conference last week that he would rest during the recent Davis Cup semifinals due to injuries and fatigue, according to the press release. 

Federer missed the Shanghai Masters in 2009 and 2011 due to injuries. 

This year, he will return to Shanghai accompanied by his wife and twin daughters. 

"I enjoy each time I play in Shanghai, a city I like very much. I am very glad to meet my passionate fans again this year," he said in the press release. 

The Shanghai Masters will run from October 6 to October 14 at the Shanghai Qi Zhong Tennis Center in Minhang District.

Federer won his 21st masters title at the Western & Southern Open in August, matching the record held by Rafael Nadal, according to Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP). 

The world's No.2 men's player, Novak Djokovic, trails Federer in the rankings by 1,300 points. 

The winner of the Shanghai Masters can earn up to 1,000 points.

Federer, Djokovic and Andy Murray, the defending champion, will compete in Shanghai this year, according to a press officer surnamed Li with Juss Event. 

A draw to decide the tournament's schedule will be held on October 6. 


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