Novak Djokovic remains on course to defend his Shanghai Masters title

Ross Houston
October 11, 2019

The Swiss defeated David Goffin 7-6 (9/7), 6-4 after the 13th seed from Belgium squandered five set points in the first set.

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Third-seed Daniil Medvedev also advanced with a 7-6 (7) 7-5 victory over Canadian Vasek Pospisil while fourth-seed Dominic Thiem recorded a straightforward 6-3 6-4 win over Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili.

Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer face tricky quarter-final matches at the Shanghai Masters on Friday after the star pair battled through to the last eight.

"I didn't make him defend enough".

Djokovic, who won the Japan Open last week, maintained his fine form after a straight-sets win against Denis Shapovalov in the previous round to dispatch big-serving 16th seed Isner in 75 minutes.

"I usually don't like to break racquets because it's never attractive", he said.

"It is always a big challenge returning the serve of Isner", he said. When, at 5-3 up, the Serbian took a 40:0 lead on Shapovalov's serve it seemed inevitable he would take one of the three available match points.

Even though Zverev's results have improved over the last three months, Federer still has over a 6% edge on combined service/return points won on hard court across that time period, and the -2.5 game line on Federer is likely to settle around the [1.90] mark, which I think is some reasonable value tomorrow.

Zverev beat Andrey Rublev of Russian Federation 6-0, 7-6 (4) in the final match of the night.

"He has got one of the biggest serves of all time and one of the tallest guys ever to play tennis".

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