Verdasco an early exit in Shanghai

, Last Updated: 1:54 PM ET

Shanghai, China (Sports Network) - Former Australian Open runner-up Jo- Wilfried Tsonga posted a win, while ninth-seeded Fernando Verdasco came up a first-round loser Monday at the $5.25 million Shanghai Masters.

The 12th-seeded oft-injured Tsonga, of France, got past Spanish lefthander Feliciano Lopez 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 to record his first win since early July, while the Spanish Verdasco succumbed to 46th-ranked Dutchman Thiemo de Bakker 7-6 (7-4), 7-5 on Day 2 at Qizhong Tennis Center.

Thirteenth-seeded Austrian Jurgen Melzer advanced with a 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) victory against wild card Tsung-Hua Yang of Chinese Taipei.

Meanwhile, Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka handled Frenchman Gilles Simon 6-4, 6-1; Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez overcame Argentine Eduardo Schwank 6-7 (8-10), 6-2, 6-4; Argentine Juan Monaco doused French qualifier Florent Serra 6-4, 7-6 (7-3); German qualifier Mischa Zverev outlasted Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-1, 4-6, 7-6 (9-7); and French qualifier Jeremy Chardy charged past Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis 7-6 (7-4), 6-1.

The top-eight seeds this week, including world No. 1 superstar Rafael Nadal and second-ranked Novak Djokovic, all received byes into the second round. Nadal was last week's titlist in Tokyo, while Djokovic just captured some hardware in Beijing.

Australian Open champ Roger Federer, Aussie Open runner-up Andy Murray, French Open finalist Robin Soderling, reigning Shanghai champion Nikolay Davydenko, Wimbledon runner-up Tomas Berdych and Mikhail Youzhny are the other players who were given byes into the round of 32. Davydenko captured the inaugural Shanghai Masters title last year by upsetting the reigning French Open, Wimbledon and U.S. Open champion Nadal in the finale.

The high-flying Nadal will open his 2010 Shanghai stay against Wawrinka, while Davydenko will open defense of his 2009 title against Zverev.

This week's big winner will collect $616,500.


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