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Tennis: Djokovic, Federer progress to Shanghai quarters

REUTERS: World number one Novak Djokovic produced a majestic display in a 7-5 6-3 victory over American John Isner on Thursday to extend his winning streak in Asia and reach the Shanghai Masters quarter-finals.

Djokovic, who arrived in Shanghai after winning the Japan Open in Tokyo over the weekend without losing a set, did not drop serve in the 75-minute encounter and clinically took both of his break-point opportunities against the big-serving American.

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Those breaks came in a commanding period where, at 5-5 in the opening set, the 16-times Grand Slam champion swung the momentum of the match his way by winning five games in a row.

"It's always a big challenge returning the serve of Isner," Djokovic said of his 6-foot-10-inch opponent. "He's got one of the biggest serves of all time. With that height, the serve is a huge weapon and huge advantage.

"I managed to read his serve and find a good position on the return at the end of the first set and also (at the) beginning of the second… I thought it was one of the best serving matches I had lately."

Djokovic, the defending champion, will next play Greek sixth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas who beat Poland's Hubert Hurkacz 7-5 3-6 7-6(5) in the only three-setter of the day.

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Twice champion Roger Federer was far from his best but did enough to overcome David Goffin 7-6(7) 6-4. Federer committed 40 unforced errors but saved five set points in the opening set.

"I never really felt like I had the upper hand over David today, I thought he did a really good job. He was so much better than at the U.S. Open," Federer said of his Belgian opponent who he beat in strRead More – Source

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