The Rolex Shanghai Masters has a record $9,2 million prize money for this year's tournament, and is the most lucrative Masters 1000 in this aspect. The 2014 and 2017 champion Roger Federer could pocket a big cheque, as the 2018 winner will earn $1,360,000.
This is the highest prize cheque after the four Grand Slams. The one is closer is Indian Wells that offered $1,340,000 to the champion this year. Novak Djokovic would break the $120 million career prize money barrier by winning the title here.
The Serb earned $6.9 million by winning Wimbledon and US Open titles this year. The 2018 Shanghai finalist will get $667,000, while the two semi-finalists will get $335,000 each. Just competing in the first round of the main draw will see a player get $25,000.
This year the last direct acceptance was Matthew Ebden, world no. 54. Also Kei Nishikori aims to go far. The Japanese, who earned $30 million from endorsements in 2017, praised the Chinese event that could feature a 96-player draw over a 11-day competition in the future.
'I can see this tournament can make, you know, bigger. I think all the players loves this tournament and facility. Player services one of the best here. I'm sure everybody will like it,' said Nishikori. 'But, I mean, you can see couple good players withdraw this tournament, and this time of the year it's always tough.
You know, many people gets tired and injured and not easy for the schedule-wise, but everybody loves this tournament, and it's important.' Below is the detailed breakdown of the 2018 Shanghai prize money: Winner - $1,360,560
Finalist - $667,115
Semifinalist - $335,750
Quarter-finals - $170,725
Third round - $88,655
Second round - $46,745
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