10 Nov 2008

Djokovic and Davydenko win first up in Shanghai

6:17 am on 10 November 2008

World number three Novak Djokovic and Russia's Nikolay Davydenko scrapped to hard-fought wins as the elite Tennis Masters Cup got off to a pulsating start in Shanghai.

Djokovic saw off a spirited challenge from Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro 7-5 6-3 before Davydenko came from a set down to edge Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France in 3 hard fought sets in the Gold Group's opening round-robin matches.

Top seed Roger Federer starts his bid for a third consecutive victory at the ATP season finale tonight despite doubts over a back strain that forced him out of last week's Paris Masters.

The 7 and a half million dollar showpiece is already missing world number one Rafael Nadal, who pulled out citing fatigue and knee tendinitis.