On the heels of his victory in Tokyo, Djokovic picked up where he left off to cruise past Shapovalov, 6-3, 6-3 in the Shanghai second round on Wednesday, Oct 09. He now leads the young player 3-0.
Djokovic said after the match that it’s nice to be back and he felt very good to play as well as he did. He knew that Denis was a very dangerous player and if he had time and if he was feeling the ball well, it would be a tough match.
Djokovic is going for his 5th Rolex Shanghai Masters title and his 34th Masters 1000 career title while Rafael Nadal leads the all-time list with 35 tittles.
In the early goings on Wednesday, both two players went toe-to-toe before the top seed pulled away to take the first set after securing a break in the eighth game. Never threatened on his serve, Djokovic dropped just one service point en route.
Although Shapovalov got his first look at a break point in the opening of the second set, Djokovic was able to fend him off. In the fifth game, the defending champion found his opening, making good use of it to go up 3-2. Four games later, he crossed the finish line in order to claim the match in straight sets. Now he has won 12 consecutive sets in Shanghai.
On Tuesday, Djokovic joined forces with Filip Krajinovic to defeat fifth-seeded duo Andreas Mies and Kevin Krawietz in the doubles opening round. They will next play Neal Skupski and Jamie Murray, who triumphed over Chinese wild cards Zhe Li and Xin Gao.
For a spot in the quarterfinals, the Serbian superstar will square off against the 16th seed John Isner. It will be their first meeting this season. With a 9-2 record against Isner, all wins on hard court, Djokovic has never lost to the 34-year-old American since falling in their 2013 Cincinnati quarterfinal encounter.