As theShanghai Rolex Masters is one of the more important events on the ATP tour, you can expect to see the biggest names in tennis making the trip. But that isn't to say that they all come; in 2011, fans were disappointed to learn that Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic weren't going to travel to Shanghai for the event. Both tennis superstars cited nagging injuries that needed rest and recuperation, and I'd venture to guess that a large part of it is how exhausting it must be to take a trip to China for a single week—and especially a week during which you're expected to perform at 110%. These guys are machines, and there's practically no off-season for professional tennis players—if I needed a break from the grind, I'd probably choose to sit out the one on the other side of the world, too. But let's hope no one needs to make that call this year.
2012 saw the majority of your favorite players competing for Shanghai glory, with Andy Murray loses to the man he just defeated, so we might see a rematch quite soon. But let's hope they're all feeling spry, charged up and ready to unleash the fury all over the courts of Qizhong Stadium.
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