Donaldson sets up meeting with Nadal in Shanghai Masters

SHANGHAI — Jared Donaldson of the U.S. enjoyed an early birthday present in beating Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay 6-7 (7), 6-4, 6-4 in the Shanghai Masters first round on Sunday.

Donaldson, who turns 21 on Monday, saved all eight break points he faced. He broke Cuevas' serve once in each of the last two sets.

The 56th-ranked Donaldson plans to celebrate his birthday by going to Disney Shanghai on Monday, before experiencing a first career meeting against No. 1 Rafael Nadal in the second round.

"I want to get a picture with Mickey, Pluto the dog, and Daffy Duck," Donaldson said, laughing.

On a less lighter note, Donaldson said of playing Nadal: "You want to play against the best and see how your game stacks up. Playing against someone like Rafa is really special. If I lose, it will allow me to know what was my game lacking, what I need to improve on to beat guys like him."

Gilles Simon of France, a 2014 Shanghai finalist, posted a 6-3, 6-4 win over Chinese wild card Wu Yibing, who won the U.S. Open junior boys' title last month.

Also Sunday, Lucas Pouille of France defeated Daniil Medvedev of Russia 6-4, 6-2, and Italy's Fabio Fognini beat Fernando Verdasco of Spain 2-6, 6-4, 6-2.

Related News

Wozniacki ousts top-seeded Pliskova

Aug 12, 2017

Caroline Wozniacki outlasted top-ranked Karolina Pliskova 7-5, 6-7 (3), 6-4 in a women's quarterfinal at the Rogers Cup

LEADING OFF: Dodgers chase 12th straight, Bryant heals

Jul 20, 2017

LEADING OFF: Dodgers chase 12th straight, Bryant heals

Royals maintain wild card hopes with 8-2 win over White Sox

Sep 24, 2017

Alex Gordon homered, Whit Merrifield drove in three runs and Danny Duffy pitched into the seventh inning to lead the Royals to an 8-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox Saturday night, keeping Kansas City's slim playoff hopes alive

You may also like these

Wozniacki ousts top-seeded Pliskova

Aug 12, 2017

Caroline Wozniacki outlasted top-ranked Karolina Pliskova 7-5, 6-7 (3), 6-4 in a women's quarterfinal at the Rogers Cup

LEADING OFF: Dodgers chase 12th straight, Bryant heals

Jul 20, 2017

LEADING OFF: Dodgers chase 12th straight, Bryant heals

Royals maintain wild card hopes with 8-2 win over White Sox

Sep 24, 2017

Alex Gordon homered, Whit Merrifield drove in three runs and Danny Duffy pitched into the seventh inning to lead the Royals to an 8-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox Saturday night, keeping Kansas City's slim playoff hopes alive

Sportify News offers you high quality sports journalism. Take a deep look in the world of sports as we bring you the latest news on acquisitions, sponsorships, lineups and more!

Contact us: sales@sportifynews.com

Sports Baseball Archery Baseball Basketball Boxing Football Soccer Tennis Press Broaden