Rafael Nadal lost only four points on serve on Wednesday in a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Jared Donaldson in the second round of the Shanghai Masters.
“It was a very quick match,” said Nadal, who won his sixth title of the year in Beijing last week. “I was happy to have that early break in the sixth game. After that I played a great match, not many mistakes, played aggressively.”
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Federer defeated Diego Schwartzman 7-6 (4), 6-4, winning the match with his 14th ace on his second match point. Federer shows no sign of giving up the chase but had to battle hard against Schwartzman, letting slip a break in the first set to get dragged into a tiebreak. The 36-year-old Swiss always had an extra shot in his locker though and, having taken the opener, broke serve straight away in the second set to move towards victory. He finished off the contest with his 14th ace, setting up a third-round clash against Ukraine’s Alexandr Dolgopolov.
The top-ranked Spaniard and No 2 Roger Federer both advanced by winning their opening matches in straight sets. Nadal and Federer are both in contention for the season-ending No 1 ranking, although only Nadal can clinch that honour this week. Nadal will be guaranteed to retain the No 1 ranking through the end of the season if he wins his first career Shanghai title and Federer loses before reaching the semi-finals.