SHANGHAI (AP) – John Isner served his 1,000th ace of the season however it wasn’t sufficient to cease defending champion Novak Djokovic from transferring into the Shanghai Masters quarterfinals with a 7-5, 6-Three win on Thursday.
Prime-seeded Djokovic is on a 24-Zero units profitable streak in Asia courting again to final yr’s Shanghai Masters. He received his inaugural look on the Japan Open final week with out shedding a set.
Isner’s 9 aces in opposition to Djokovic took him to 1,007 for the yr, reaching the milestone for the sixth season general.
Third-seeded Daniil Medvedev continued his quest to succeed in a sixth consecutive ATP tour remaining after beating Canadian qualifier Vasek Pospisil 7-6 (7), 7-5 of their Spherical-of-16 match.
“I start to feel different even if I try to stay the same,” mentioned Medvedev, who added that different gamers “start to talk to you differently.”
The 248th-ranked Pospisil misplaced his bid to develop into the third qualifier ever to make the Shanghai quarterfinals.
Pospisil didn’t capitalize on 5 set factors within the first set, together with two probabilities within the tiebreaker.
Medvedev’s frustration obtained the higher of him when Pospisil led 4-2, 40-30 within the first set, which led to him smashing his racket repeatedly into the bottom on the baseline.
“I usually don’t like to do it, to break the rackets, because it’s never beautiful,” Medvedev mentioned. “But it’s true that sometimes it maybe can help to get some emotions out and get also the stress out.”
Third-seeded Medvedev, who reached his first Grand Slam remaining on the U.S. Open in September, leads the tour this yr with 56 victories. He subsequent performs 10th-seeded Fabio Fognini of Italy within the quarterfinals.
“I think (he’s) the worst player I can play at the moment,” Fognini mentioned of Medvedev. “He’s really dangerous.”
Fognini beat seventh-seeded Karen Khachanov of Russia 6-3, 7-5. Khachanov had received their first profession assembly in three units on the China Open quarterfinals in Beijing.
“I’m happy because I was losing to him last week and I was playing really good also,” 10th-seeded Fognini mentioned.
The 11th-seeded Matteo Berrettini of Italy outlasted No. eight Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain 7-6 (5), 6-4.
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