Djokovic denies Denis in Shanghai, Félix falls to Tsitsipas

Tanya Simon
October 11, 2019

"He's got the big serve, he's got the height and he uses angles very well", said Djokovic.

"He had the high-quality tennis and he played very well after his serve", the 32-year-old Serb said of world number seven Tsitsipas.

Another break followed as Djokovic raced three games clear and, though Isner regained some composure to stem the tide, he was no match for the top seed's unerring serve.

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

The Canadian, who had dismissed the United States' Frances Tiafoe 6-4, 6-2 in the first round, was hoping to go one better than his compatriot Félix Auger-Aliassime, who had fallen to an agonizing 7-6 (3), 7-6 (3) defeat to former junior rival Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece earlier in the day.

The world No.7 remained persistent and patient in lengthy exchanges to find the match-winning opportunity in the third set. The Italian does have a little to prove on hard court still, but as I've said before, Thiem in quick conditions during the later stages of the season has not been a recipe for success, and Berrettini certainly isn't without a decent chance at [2.72] against the Austrian tomorrow afternoon.

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The only problem for the visitors was that their hosts India were once again superb, even more so when it really mattered. Having scored a double century in the first Test, opening batsman Mayank Agarwal followed it up with another century .

Tsitsipas also earned a place at the year-end ATP Finals for the first time on Friday.

Prior to Friday's match, Fognini said Medvedev was one of the most unsafe players to face.

The second seed saved five set points in the opening set against Belgium's Goffin on his way to a 7-6 (7), 6-4 victory.

Roger Federer has equalled Rafael Nadal's incredible haul of 381 Masters 1000 match victories after a two-set victory of David Goffin.

Yeah, I never really felt like I had the upper hand over David today.

The Swiss second seed will be up against German fifth seed Alexander Zverev, who dispatched Andrey Rublev 6-0 7-6 (4) in 84 minutes. I have had a good season and served well at the end.

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