Novak Djokovic Looks Good for Shanghai Title Defence
When a player of the quality of Novak Djokovic steps onto the court, it’s natural to expect a pulsating, enjoyable match. However, he can often bring games to a shuddering, crashing halt thanks to his impressive racquet skills and playing style. It’s for this reason that his demanding 6-3, 6-3 win over Denis Shapovalov in the ATP Masters 1000 Rolex Shanghai Masters was no surprise.
Having come out and played extremely well, he brought his winning streak on Asian soil up to a very impressive 22. It showed just why Djokovic is seen as among the leading names on the circuit, and why he’s seen as one of the favourites of the Asian crowds. Speaking after his commanding win over the Canadian, he said: “It’s nice to be back. And also, it feels very good to play as well as I did today,
“I knew that Denis is a very dangerous player. If he has time, if he’s feeling the ball well, it can be a tough match.
“He was serving really well, the high percentage also first serves, and just really difficult to return in the first set, so it took me a little bit of time to really adjust, start reading his serve a little bit better.
“But I thought I served really well. I used angles. I was very solid from the back of the court. I had no problems with shoulder pain… So, no concerns there. Everything is feeling and looking good.”
It was expected that the Serbian might have missed out towards the end of the season but appears to have recovered sufficiently now. It will be interesting to see if he can keep up his relentless form and continue his hot winning streak when playing in Asia.