ATP Shanghai Masters: Nadal vs DonaldsonPublished October 11, 2017 by Sol FH
Nadal seeking for yet another title in his incredible season at the ATP Shanghai. Action at 11:00 GMT.
This will be the very first meeting between Rafael Nadal and Jared Donaldson. Nadal is in amidst a fairytale season that he should close out with yet another No. 1 ranking for next year, after winning yet another major title in Beijing just a week ago. Now, the action is in Shanghai, a tournament that Nadal has never won before, but with the way he is playing lately, it is hard to imagine that anyone on the tour could beat him right now.
Jared Donaldson just turned 21-years-old yesterday. The young hopeful from Irvine, California is currently ranked 56th on the ATP tour. He beat Pablo Cuevas 6-7 (7), 6-4, 6-4 in the first round and now faces the best in the world for his second match at the Shanghai Masters.Instead of being scared or nervous ahead of this monumental match, Donaldson is excited about improving by playing the world's best. "You want to play against the best and see how your game stacks up. Playing against someone like Rafa is really special. If I lose, it will allow me to know what was my game lacking, what I need to improve on to beat guys like him," he related.
The win in China last week was Nadal's sixth title of the season. He will go for his seventh win and is favored to do so. Nadal is back in his saddle and leads in the ATP points race over fellow comeback king and all-time world's best, Roger Federer
Shanghai Masters Odds and Betting Markets
With a match featuring the world's No. 1 rank, Rafa obviously draws quite a crowd. Millions of people will be watching the action worldwide and for those seeking to place a bet, there are a number of online sportsbooks to choose from. bet365 Sports posted odds for Nadal at 1.071 and for Donaldson at 9.00. Nadal has been upset before in early rounds, but it doesn't feel like this will be the case today.