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  • Monaco, Verdasco battle in Shanghai second round

    10/8/12 6:09 PM | Kelli DeMario
    Monaco, Verdasco battle in Shanghai second round World No. 10 Juan Monaco is set to open his campaign at the Shanghai Rolex Masters, as he takes on former World No. 7 Fernando Verdasco. The players are slated to contest their 10th career meeting on Tuesday.

    (7) Juan Monaco vs. Fernando Verdasco

    Seventh seed Juan Monaco holds a 6-3 series lead against world No. 23 Fernando Verdasco. Tuesday signals their first hard-court meeting since 2006.

    Monaco makes his return to competition after a round of 16 finish at the Japan Open. The recent Kuala Lumpur champion won his first-round match in Tokyo before falling to former world No. 8 Marcos Baghdatis, 5-7, 6-1, 3-6. Monaco is a former semifinalist in Shanghai, having made the final four in 2010.

    Verdasco won his first-round match over Japan's Go Soeda on Sunday, 6-2, 6-4. The 28-year-old Spaniard is seeking his 31st match-win of the season.

    (10) Marin Cilic vs. Martin Klizan

    Tenth seed Marin Cilic leads World No. 34 Martin Klizan 1-0 in the series, having won their only previous meeting at the 2012 US Open.

    Cilic recorded his first victory in Shanghai with a straight-sets upending of veteran Lukasz Kubot. The world No. 16 will attempt to win his 36th match in 2012.

    Kilzan defeated Brazil's Thomaz Bellucci in the opening round, 6-3, 6-4. The 23-year-old will be looking to extend his season record to 20-12 on Tuesday.

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