Juan Martin del Potro is out of the 2016 Shanghai Masters. The Argentinian, who was contesting his first match since beating Andy Murray in Davis Cup play, fell to David Goffin in three sets on Tuesday 4-6, 6-3, 7-5.

The result could be viewed as a little surprising. After all del Potro did very well at the US Open this past summer, making the quarterfinals before losing to eventual champion Stan Wawrinka.

Furthermore, Goffin was very active last week in Beijing where he made the tournament final of the China Open. That the Belgian player keptup a high-energy level in a tight three-set match against a quality player was impressive.

What's next for Goffin and del Potro

Next up for Goffin is a second-round match against Benoit Paire, one that looks easier on paper. The two players are alive in a section of the draw where Gael Monfils looms large.

Del Potro was positive despite the defeat on Tuesday: "I was close to winning, I played a good match," he said.

The former World No. 4has two tournaments remaining in his season before he contests the Davis Cup final with his Argentinian teammates in late November.

Other results from Shanghai on Tuesday

Other first-round results from Shanghai saw Feliciano Lopez defeat David Ferrer, Nick Kyrgiosdefeat Sam Querrey, Lucas Pouille defeat Fernando Verdasco, and Grigor Dimitrov defeat Richard Gasquet.

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic was also active. However, he was playing a second-round match. The Serb defeated Fabio Fognini 6-3, 6-3 to advance to the third round. Djokovic is the defending champion at the Shanghai Masters this season.

Wednesday's order of play features several top names in tennis. Wawrinka will open his tournament against Britain's Kyle Edmund (1 pm local time).

Rafael Nadal will play in the evening session against Viktor Troicki (6 pm local time). Andy Murray, who is also on the order of the game, will face Steve Johnson (not before 8 pm). Furthermore, Tomas Berdych, Kyrgios, and Milos Raonic are scheduled for action on Wednesday from the indoor event.

A part of the Masters Series, the Shanghai tournament awards a valuable 1000 ranking points to its champion.

The final is scheduled for Sunday, and a World No. 1 versus World No. 2 showdown is possible as Djokovic and Murray both remain alive in the draw.

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