Shanghai Masters: Murray gets favourable draw, Federer faces tricky test

Andy Murray was given a favourable draw at the 2019 Shanghai Masters while Roger Federer could face Marin Cilic in his opening match.

Andy Murray will take on either Italian 10th seed Fabio Fognini or American Sam Querrey if he progresses.   -  Getty Images

Andy Murray has been handed a favourable draw at the Shanghai Masters, while Roger Federer could face a test in the second round.

Murray, continuing his comeback after hip surgery, accepted a wildcard into the ATP 1000 tournament, and the Brit will meet a qualifier in his opener. The three-time grand slam champion will take on either Italian 10th seed Fabio Fognini or American Sam Querrey if he progresses.

Murray showed his form is improving by reaching the quarterfinals at the China Open, where he lost to top seed Dominic Thiem.

 

Federer, meanwhile, has a bye into the second round as the second seed, but the Swiss great could face Marin Cilic in his opening match. Cilic, who has fallen to 30th in the rankings after a difficult year, takes on Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the first round.

World number one and defending champion Novak Djokovic will face either Frances Tiafoe or Denis Shapovalov in the second round, while Stefanos Tsitsipas is in the Serbian's quarter.

Rafael Nadal withdrew from the tournament on Friday due to a wrist injury.