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Novak Djokovic dealt stunning blow at Shanghai Masters

World No. 1 Djokovic denies Denis in Shanghai, Félix falls to Tsitsipas Novak Djokovic put in a complete display as he defeated John Isner 7-5 6-3 in the Shanghai Masters
Cary Erickson | 11 October, 2019, 14:30

Defending champion Djokovic was flawless at times on Thursday in a clinical display, controlling Isner's powerful serve. The 21-year-old Greek defeated Djokovic in their first meeting at the 2018 Toronto tournament and Djokovic won their match in Madrid this season.

Third seed Medvedev will play Fabio Fognini in the quarter-finals after the Italian 10th seed, who knocked out Andy Murray in the second round, defeated seventh seed Karen Khachanov from Russian Federation 6-3 7-5.

A single break was enough for Djokovic to serve out the first set, but the 32-year-old Serb's performance wavered in the second.

"I was a bit fortunate to win that first set but I played okay and I fought extremely hard". 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.

The world No.7 remained persistent and patient in lengthy exchanges to find the match-winning opportunity in the third set.

That came amid a run of nine successive points for Djokovic, who swiftly hit the front in set two as he looked to snuff out any lingering chances of a fightback from the American.

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Friday's quarter-finals feature three heavy favourites - around the [1.40] mark or shorter, with Novak Djokovic likely to go off the shortest.

Victory confirms Tsitsipas' debut at next month's ATP Finals in London.

"I think [he's] the worst player I can play at the moment", Fognini said of Medvedev. "Surely, yeah, that's what I tried to show today on the match and it worked out".

The other match is between Austria's Dominic Thiem, who beat Tsitsipas to the China Open title on Sunday, and Italy's Matteo Berrettini.

I thought he took really a lot of good decisions, and he was super fast on his feet today, which I think made it really hard for me to get my freebies and winners off the baseline, because he was getting to all of them.