Djokovic lines up Anderson in Shanghai quarters

first_imgNovak Djokovic of Serbia hits a return shot to Marco Cecchinato of Italy during their men’s singles match of the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament at Qizhong Forest Sports City Tennis Center in Shanghai, China, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)SHANGHAI — Novak Djokovic earned partial revenge when he beat Marco Cecchinato 6-4, 6-0 to reach the Shanghai Masters quarterfinals on Thursday.The only other time the second-seeded Djokovic played Cecchinato was in the French Open quarterfinals, where the Italian upset him in four sets.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Djokovic saved both break points he faced on serve in the match and successfully broke Cecchinato’s serve on four of 11 offerings.Djokovic will take on seventh-seeded Kevin Anderson of South Africa, whom he leads 6-1 on head-to-heads. Djokovic defeated Anderson in straight sets in the Wimbledon final in July.Anderson ousted 10th-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece 6-4, 7-6 (1).Fourth-seeded Alexander Zverev of Germany also advanced to the quarterfinals by pasting Alex de Minaur of Australia 6-1, 6-4.Zverev will play 11th-seeded Kyle Edmund after the Briton defeated Nicolas Jarry of Chile 7-6 (5), 6-3.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award A Masters event is a level below a Grand Slam, but Djokovic was rapt to crush Cecchinato.“I was making him play always an extra shot,” Djokovic said. “I was aggressive when I needed to be. The second set was perfect, really.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“I wanted to start off well because I know that he battles hard and he makes you deserve every point, win every point.”Since Djokovic lost that French Open match to Cecchinato, he’s won 28 of his 30 matches. The Serb is on a 15-match winning streak, which includes title runs at Cincinnati and the U.S. Open. He’s bidding to win a record fourth Shanghai title this week. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ LeBron, Lonzo take the floor together for first time View comments Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taallast_img