Djokovic and Nadal Continues Strong Form in Shanghai

It was another day of utter domination from the world number one Djokovic as he defeated Klizan 6-2, 6-1. He is just picking up in Shanghai where he left off in Beijing and he will be awfully hard to stop from winning a record third Shanghai title. Long way to go, though. He now plays Lopez who defeated Thiem 6-7(4), 7-6(6), 6-3 for the first time in four meetings. The head-to-head is 6-0 in the Djoker’s favor so the odds are stacked against Lopez.

Then Nadal continued his upward trend as he ground out a tough 7-5, 6-7(4), 7-6(4) victory over serve bot Karlovic. Nadal started poorly by dropping his opening service game after failing to challenge a serve that was an ace but got called out. Then he served a double fault. However, with Karlovic serving for the first set at 5-4 Nadal played a blistering return game to break Karlovic back to 15.

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He also broke serve at 6-5 with another impressive return game to win the opening set. Karlovic fought back but in the final set tie-break he choked exactly as I expected by serving a double fault at 4-4. Nadal just mentally too clutch while Karlovic is too fragile. Nadal is starting to look much more like the old Nadal and this was another very good win which proves to me that what I said about his Beijing form was accurate.

He now plays against another serve bot in Raonic and he will need to be equally clutch if he is to prevail again. His returns and passing shots seem to be much improved anyway and Karlovic would have been the ideal practice for him before Raonic. I never thought this day would come, but I actually want Nadal to keep improving. The Djokerer rivalry has gone stale for the moment and a change is needed.

    • Elsewhere in the Draw

Then Murray had a routine 6-2, 6-4 victory over Johnson and in doing so started opening the gap between him and Federer in the rankings some more. He now plays Isner who he leads 4-0 in the head-to-head. In one of the more anticipated matches of the day Nishikori defeated Kyrgios 1-6, 6-4, 6-4 and now plays Anderson who defeated Fognini. Stan also won which means he now plays Cilic which will be one of the most anticipated matches tomorrow.

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The other match which I think will be the best of tomorrow is Nadal vs Raonic. And the winner of those two matches plays each other in the quarterfinals. I’d love to see Stan vs Nadal with both playing close to their best. So there are plenty of good matches to look forward to again tomorrow including Tsonga against Ramos-Vinolas who defeated Federer. Will Ramos-Vinolas continue to impress or was he just a flash in the pan?

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The is in your court.

Posted in Masters 1000, Shanghai.

4 Comments

  1. I think that final Djokovic-Nadal is probable. Djokovic could have more problems to reach the final than Nadal as he is likely to play Murray. Pity that Federer lost as Nadal-Federer would be fun to watch.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    I doubt that George. Djokovic is playing infinitely better than Nadal right now. But hopefully, both make the final.

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  2. I watched Djokovic-Lopez and it was a great game. Djokovic was awesome and Lopez was excellent. It was joy to watch. Only people that do not understand tennis can claim that Djokovic is boring; on the contrary. It struck me that Lopez also plays better than ever and he is 34. Thus, it seems that there are some players peaking in mid thirties (Karlovic, Lopez, Wawrinka, Federer). Nadal was also great today as well as Raonic. It was pleasure watching them all.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    I missed it George but just caught it on the highlights. Looked like a good match. The people who claim Djokovic is boring are not tennis fans. They are mostly Federer celebrity worshipers who don’t have an ounce of appreciation for the sport. Djokovic is awesome to watch. And I already speculated that Djokovic’s true peak only begins now. Nadal looked great again. Stan next which should be really interesting.

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