Štěpánek loses to world number 465 in Shanghai

Radek Štěpánek was knocked out by a player ranked 465th in the world at tennis’s Shanghai Masters on Tuesday. The Czech player, ranked 30th, was eliminated in the first round after losing 3-6 4-6 to Bai Yan of China, who is taking part in the first ATP tournament of his career. Štěpánek’s compatriot Tomáš Berdych fared better, beating Spain’s Tommy Robredo 6-0 6-4 to advance to the third round. The world number seven is hoping to win a place at the season-closing ATP World Tour Finals in London for the first time.

Author: Ian Willoughby