Injured Roddick exits Shanghai

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SHANGHAI -- Grand Slam stalwarts Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer were among Wednesday's winners, while American star Andy Roddick retired from his second-round match at the $5.25 million Shanghai Masters.

The world No. 1 Nadal, fresh off his title in Tokyo last week, handled Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka for the seventh time in seven lifetime tries, 6-4, 6-4, while the third-seeded former top-ranked Federer, the reigning Australian Open champ, topped 6-foot-9 American John Isner 6-3, 6-4 on the hardcourts at Qizhong Tennis Center, where some more rain fell on Wednesday after wreaking havoc here on Tuesday.

This marks Federer's first action since he lost to Novak Djokovic in last month's U.S. Open semifinals.

Nadal was last year's Shanghai Masters runner-up to Russian Nikolay Davydenko, who will not defend his title this year after losing to German qualifier Mischa Zverev 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) on Wednesday. Davydenko was the sixth seed here.

The 10th-seeded Roddick, meanwhile, won the first set 6-3 against rising Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez before retiring because of a thigh injury while trailing 2-3 in the second.

"It was to the point where moving at all felt like I was getting stabbed in the leg," Roddick said. "It's just frustrating. You've got to be able to get a little bit of momentum going, and I just feel like I haven't been able to do that since April or May and a lot of that has been out of my hands."

Roddick was playing his first tennis since suffering an early exit at the U.S. Open last month.

Garcia-Lopez was a surprise titlist two weeks ago in Bangkok, where he shocked his reigning U.S. Open, Wimbledon and French Open champion fellow countryman Nadal in the semis.

Three other top stars avoided upsets Wednesday, as the world No. 2 Djokovic, fresh off his title in Beijing, blitzed former top-five performer Ivan Ljubicic 6-3, 6-3 for his 50th match win of the year, No. 4 Aussie Open runner-up Andy Murray mauled Chinese wild card Yan Bai 6-2, 6-2, and fifth- seeded French Open finalist Robin Soderling bested Serb Janko Tipsarevic 6-3, 7-6 (7-5).

Meanwhile, German Florian Mayer upended eighth-seeded Russian Mikhail Youzhny 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-1, 11th-seeded David Ferrer edged out Brazil's Thomaz Bellucci 7-6 (9-7), 6-3, and 12th-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga took out American Sam Querrey 7-6 (9-7), 6-1. Ferrer, who was the Beijing runner-up to the U.S. Open runner-up Djokovic on Monday, will take on Soderling in the third round here.

In other second-round action involving seeds, No. 13 Jurgen Melzer downed Spanish lucky-loser Daniel Gimeno-Traver 6-3, 7-6 (7-2) and Richard Gasquet grounded 15th-seeded fellow Frenchman Gael Monfils 6-4, 3-6, 6-4. Monfils was last week's Tokyo runner-up to the high-flying Nadal. Melzer will meet Nadal here on Thursday, while Gasquet will battle Djokovic.

Two other second-rounders saw Italian Andreas Seppi subdue Taipei's Yen-Hsun Lu 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 and French qualifier Jeremy Chardy sneak past Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-1, 5-7, 6-2. Seppi will encounter Federer in the round of 16, while Chardy will tangle with Murray.

Seven first-round matches had to be completed here on Wednesday after rain forced the suspension or postponement of them on Tuesday. Seppi ousted 15th- seeded Marin Cilic 6-2, 6-2, while Monfils bested German Benjamin Becker 6-1, 7-5.

Other opening-round winners on Wednesday were Gasquet, Lu, Querrey, Mayer and Bellucci, all of whom saw double duty on Day 4.

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


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