Bulgarian tennis star Grigor Dimitrov and Spain's Fernando Verdasco have pulled out from next week's Rolex Shanghai Masters. Dimitrov, 27, has made six appearances in Shanghai so far in his career. The Bulgarian debuted at the tournament in 2011 -- when he beat Marsel Ilhan in the first round, before losing to Andy Roddick in his following match.
The 27-year-old career-best result in Shanghai came last year -- when he reached the quarter-final, before losing to world No. 1 Rafael Nadal. World No. 8 Dimitrov suffered an early exit at this week's China Open as he lost to Serb Dusan Lajovic in the Beijing round-of-16.
On the other side, 34-year-old Verdasco won't be making his ninth appearance in Shanghai this year. The Spaniard hasn't won a match in Shanghai since 2013. The 34-year-old skipped the Shanghai event in 2014, before he suffered three consecutive first round exits at the tournament in the following three years.
Verdasco reached the Shanghai round-of-16 in 2012, before losing to Croatian Marin Cilic. Meanwhile, a place in the Shanghai main draw has opened for Italian Andreas Seppi and German Maximilian Marterer following the withdrawals of Dimitrov and Verdasco.
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Seppi, 34, is set to make his fifth main draw appearance in Shanghai.
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