As for how things have panned out here, a word about some players.
Monfils played well & took his chances against both Federer & Djokovic. Federer squandered too many of his own chances & gave many away. He seemed to have no game plan, looking confused at times. Monfils played well against Djokovic too, taking him to 3 sets. I'd ordinarily congratulate a player for his efforts, but have little time for Monfils and his antics. I just don't like the clowning around & gamesmanship.
Almagro did well to oust Berdych, and F. Mayer to beat Ferrer.
As for the semi's, I watched both today ( half an eye on the first one & riveted to the screen on the second one!
) Djokovic/Tsonga went more or less as anticipated. Tsonga played well at times, & was able to break Djokovic, but holding serve was a challenge. For Djokovic, some decent match practice. He is playing well & looks grounded. Well done to him for getting to the final to defend his title. He won Beijing / Shanghai back to back last year - let's see if he can do it again. s
In the Nadal / Del Potro match, from watching him take the break of Nadal's serve in the opening game to the final serve for the match, I couldn't take my eyes off Del Potro. To see him play his big game to its best was a privilege. I have long felt disappointed for him that he couldn't capitalise on the great year he had in 2009 and USO win due to injury, and it was rewarding to see him play so well again.
Noteworthy too, that he wasn't serving his best, yet could play his attacking game to full effect. Nadal was simply outplayed, and had no answer to his opponent's game. Even so he played some typically unbelievable shots in the match.
Congratulations to Swish
and Del Potro fans ( I include myself in that category! ) If he can play as he has done thus far in Shanghai, he'll beat Djokovic in my view.
And congratulations to Melo /Dodig for getting through to the final! I hope they'll win it.