Shanghai: Roger Federer ignored recent death threats from a Chinese internet blogger and won his opening match at the Shanghai Masters on Wednesday, beating qualifier Lu Yen-Hsun of Taiwan 6-3, 7-5 in the second round.
Federer said he was aware that the blogger had recently issued an apology. “I felt fine,” Federer said. “There was maybe one quick thought… I saw one of the bodyguards outside the court. I thought, still around… But then, I have bodyguards every time I play a match on a centre court, which is normal.”
Second-seeded Novak Djokovic also advanced, beating Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria 6-3, 6-2. Andy Murray received a walkover into the third round on Wednesday following the withdrawal of Florian Mayer of Germany because of a rib injury.
Fifth-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat Benoit Paire 7-6 (7), 7-5 in an all-French match. Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus upset 12th-seeded Milos Raonic of Canada 7-6 (4), 6-7 (5), 7-6 (3). Sam Querrey of the US came from behind to beat 14th-seeded Kei Nishikori 2-6, 6-2, 6-4 in another second-round match.