The 2013 Shanghai Rolex Masters
Our trip coincided with the Shanghai Rolex Masters, Asia's premier professional tennis and one of the most respected events outside of the four Grand Slams. Played at the Qi Zhong Tennis Centre, the tournament is one of only nine ATP Masters 1000 tournaments in the world and is the culmination of the Asian swing. Such is its popularity among the finest players in the game that the Shanghai Rolex Masters was named ATP Masters 1000 Tournament of the Year for the past four years running.
This year's event proved to be another classic. Although Rolex Testimonee Roger Federer, who helped out at the tournament draw ceremony which took place at The Rolex Experience with Australian legend Rod Laver and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, didn't progress as far as he would have liked, the final had the spectators in raptures.
Novak Djokovic battled another Rolex Testimonee, Juan Martin del Potro, for over two and a half hours to claim his second Shanghai Rolex Masters in succession. In what proved to be a nail-biting affair, Djokovic edged del Potro in a final set tie-break to wrap another great week in China's most exciting city.
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