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  • Djokovic overcomes scare to win in Shanghai

  • SHANGHAI — Novak Djokovic overcame a scare when he landed awkwardly on his right foot and recovered to beat Spain's Marcel Granollers 6-2, 6-0 in the Shanghai Masters on Wednesday.
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  • SHANGHAI — Novak Djokovic overcame a scare when he landed awkwardly on his right foot and recovered to beat Spain's Marcel Granollers 6-2, 6-0 in the Shanghai Masters on Wednesday.
    Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal had fewer problems in their second-round matches. Federer rebounded from an early break to defeat Andreas Seppi 6-4, 6-3, while Nadal, who reclaimed the No. 1 ranking this week, dispatched Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-3, 6-2.
    Djokovic hit a running backhand in the first game of the second set and then leaped in the air, wincing in pain. He called for a medical timeout after the game to have his foot wrapped and appeared slightly tentative after returning to the court, not bothering to chase after a couple of shots.
    The Serb dominated the rest of the match, however, closing it out in 70 minutes to set up a third-round match with Italian Fabio Fognini, who advanced when Tommy Robredo retired with a wrist injury while trailing 7-6 (3), 2-1.
    Two other top players, Tomas Berdych and Juan Martin del Potro, also came through with victories despite struggling with injury and illness.
    Fourth-seeded Berdych rebounded from a back injury sustained in the semifinals of the China Open last week to defeat Feliciano Lopez 7-6 (5), 6-2. He said after his last match he could barely stand or walk when he retired against Nadal.
    Del Potro, meanwhile, overcame a fever and 50 winners from big-hitting German Philipp Kohlschreiber to advance 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4).
    After the match, del Potro said he started feeling sick on Tuesday night and relied on his serve to win the match since running was difficult.
    The Argentine withdrew from the doubles to rest for his next match against 11th-seeded Tommy Haas, a 6-4, 6-4 winner over German compatriot Daniel Brands.
    Both del Potro and Berdych have a lot to play for this week — they're trying to wrap up their spots in the elite ATP Finals in London, a task made slightly easier by the withdrawal on Wednesday of Andy Murray, who is recovering from back surgery.
    American John Isner, an outside shot for London, however, was ousted by Argentine Carlos Berlocq 6-4, 7-6 (4).
    Generali Ladies
    At Linz, Austria, Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain and Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium advanced to the quarterfinals of the Generali Ladies.
    The No. 4-seeded Suarez Navarro defeated Elina Svitolina of Ukraine 6-1, 6-4. In her seventh quarterfinal of the season, Suarez Navarro will play the fifth-seeded Flipkens, who routed Camila Giorgi of Italy 6-2, 6-1.
    In a first-round match, Karin Knapp of Italy overcame six double-faults to defeat 2007 champion Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia 6-2, 7-6 (6). Alexandra Cadantu of Romania beat Melanie Klaffner of Austria 7-6 (4), 6-2 and will play either top-seeded Angelique Kerber or fellow Romanian Monica Niculescu.
    Japan Open
    At Osaka, Japan, Samantha Stosur beat Belinda Bencic 6-4, 6-2 at the Japan Open and became the highest remaining seed after Wimbledon runner-up Sabine Lisicki withdrew hurt.
    No. 2-seeded Lisicki hurt her left hip, and pulled out from her scheduled second-round match with Polana Hercog, who advanced to a quarterfinal with local wild card Kurumi Nara.
    Stosur, the No. 3 seed, reached her first quarterfinals since her title run in Carlsbad in August. She lost her serve twice but broke Bencic five times at Utsobu Park and will next face either Kimiko Date-Krumm or Misaki Doi in the last eight.
    Stosur won in Osaka in 2009 and was runner-up in 2011 and a semifinalist in 2012.
    In other second-round matches, Nara beat eighth-seeded Monica Puig 7-5, 7-6 (4), and fifth-seeded Eugenie Bouchard overpowered Luksika Kumkhum 6-2, 6-2. Qualifier Barbora Zahlavova Strycova defeated Vania King for the second time this year, 2-6, 6-3, 6-1, and will meet Bouchard next.
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