|Rafael Nadal serves to Guillermo Garcia-Lopez during their match at the Shanghai Masters on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011. (REUTERS/Aly Song)
SHANGHAI - Top seeds Rafael Nadal and reigning champion Andy Murray were among those to reach the third round while No. 3 David Ferrer topped on-the-mend Canadian Milos Raonic 7-5, 7-6 (9-7) at the $3.24 million Shanghai Masters tennis event.
Raonic was eliminated from a tournament by Spaniard David Ferrer for the third time this season.
Ferrer, ranked fifth in the world, also defeated the No. 31-ranked Raonic at the Australian Open and in Monte Carlo.
"I had my opportunities and came up short in both of the sets," Raonic said. "I didn't take care of my serve."
The 20-year-old from Thornhill, Ont., is on the comeback trail from hip surgery in July and intends to play the remaining four weeks of the ATP season.
The former world No. 1 Nadal blew past fellow Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-3, 6-2, while the reigning Shanghai champion Murray moved on via walkover when Russian Dmitry Tursunov pulled out of their scheduled match due to a thigh injury.
Garcia-Lopez shocked Nadal in Bangkok a year ago.
"It was a tough loss last year in Bangkok," Nadal said. "Less painful because I came after winning the U.S. Open, but it probably was the more unbelievable loss in my career against him last year because I never had as many chances as I had in that match, and I lost. It was a little bit in my mind today in the break points."
Murray upset Swiss great Roger Federer in last year's blockbuster final on the hardcourts at Qizhong Tennis Center. Nadal, seeking a record 20th ATP Masters title this week, was the Shanghai runner-up two years ago.
The world No. 4 Murray upset the second-ranked Nadal in last week's marquee finale in Tokyo.
Nadal's third-round opponent on Thursday will be 15th-seeded German Florian Mayer, who recently titled in Bucharest, while the 2011 Aussie Open runner-up Murray will encounter 13th-seeded Swiss slugger Stanislas Wawrinka.
In other second-round action involving top-10 seeds, hot sixth-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych handled compatriot Radek Stepanek 6-4, 6-3, and 47th-ranked Japanese Kei Nishikori cut down fourth-seeded French star Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-7 (1-7), 6-4, 6-4 in just under two-and-a-half hours. Berdych is fresh off his title in Beijing last week, which marked his first championship in two years.
Twelfth-seeded Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov avoided an upset by overcoming Spanish qualifier Albert Ramos 5-7, 6-3, 6-2, while more upsets occurred when Colombian Santiago Giraldo took out 14th-seeded Austrian Jurgen Melzer 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) and former world No. 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero doused 16th-seeded fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.
Two other second-round results saw Spain's Feliciano Lopez outlast improving American Alex Bogomolov Jr. 7-6 (7-4), 3-6, 6-3 and Aussie Matthew Ebden erase American and fellow qualifier Ryan Harrison 6-4, 6-2.
Some other third-round matches on Thursday will pit Ferrer against his compatriot Ferrero, Berdych versus Lopez and seventh-seeded Spaniard Nicolas Almagro against 10th-seeded American Andy Roddick.
The 2011 Shanghai champion will earn $620,000. This marks the eighth of nine Masters tournaments this year.