Can Rafa rebound from Japan loss?

Updated: October 9, 2011, 8:57 PM ET
By Ravi Ubha | ESPN.com

OK, here's the bad news emanating from the Shanghai Masters, tennis fans: Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Juan Martin del Potro -- among others -- aren't in the field.

Djokovic hasn't recovered from the injury he aggravated in the Davis Cup, Fed is resting and del Potro has one eye on the Davis Cup final against Spain.

However, consolation lies in the fact that Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray, combatants in the Japan Open final, haven't bailed. And, with some of the big boys out, ...

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