World No 1 romps into quarters with 6-2, 6-3 win over Feliciano Lopez in just 71 minutes
Shanghai: World No 1 Novak Djokovic sped into the Shanghai Masters quarters with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Feliciano Lopez in just 71 minutes as he continued his magical run in China yesterday. As Andy Murray and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga toiled, the unstoppable Serb dominated Lopez as he brought up his 14th win in a row.
Novak Djokovic returns to Feliciano Lopez during their third round Shanghai Masters match at Qi Zhong Tennis Centre yesterday. Pic/Getty Images
Rafael Nadal's recent resurgence, meanwhile, gathered pace when he beat Milos Raonic 6-3, 7-6 (7/6) to set up a quarter-final with Kevin Anderson, who ousted Japan's Kei Nishikori 7-6 (12/10), 7-6 (7/3).
Tomas Berdych dispatched Gilles Simon 6-3, 6-3, and French Open champion Stan Wawrinka won an almighty tussle with Marin Cilic 7-5, 6-7 (7/9), 6-4. Djokovic had no such trouble against Lopez, breaking for 3-1 in the second set with a magical backhand lob as he remained in the form that took him to his sixth China Open title last week.
"There is no secret. I guess it depends how do you feel on a given day, depends how well your opponent is playing, how well you're playing. It's a combination of things," said the two-time Shanghai champion.
Earlier, Andy Murray squeezed past John Isner 6-7 (4/7), 6-4, 6-4 and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was also pushed all the way before ending the giant-killing run of Spanish qualifier Albert Ramos-Vinolas. Murray lost the first set on a tiebreak and he snapped at the umpire as his frustrations rose in the second set, before he finally broke the big-serving Isner and levelled the match at a set each.
The World No 2 broke again for 4-3 in the decider and he left the American No 1 on his backside as he fended off break points in his next service game, before going on to take it. Ramos-Vinolas gave the Frenchman a massive scare before going down fighting 6-7 (5/7), 7-5, 6-4.