An enthralling quarter-final match-up is on tap for Friday afternoon at the Shanghai Rolex Masters, as world No. 2 Novak Djokovic and David Ferrer meet for the 18th time on the professional tour. Djokovic leads the head-to-head series 12-5, including wins in their last six consecutive matches.
While the Serbian star and top seed managed to restore order at the end of the match, he was forced to work hard for his third round win over Mikhail Kukushkin. Djokovic defeated his opponent 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 in 2 hours and 7 minutes to set up the clash with Ferrer.
Djokovic is now on a 27-match win streak in China and improves to a 51-7 match record this season. He remains on track to lift his third title in Shanghai, after winning the event in 2012 and 2013. When asked why he is so comfortable at this event, Djokovic divulged into the reasons why the Shanghai Rolex Masters is one of the top tournaments of the calendar year.
” This is one of the nicest center courts we have,” Djokovic revealed. “Definitely one of the most impressive ones with the retractable roof. The center is just incredible. All the facilities, the top players have their separate locker rooms. The quality of the food is very high. The comfort, the hotels, everything. There’s no doubt that this is probably the best tournament, organization‑wise, in the world in this category. It was voted by the players for so many years in a row. They keep the standards very high. That’s why all the players feel very good.”
Fifth seed David Ferrer upset Andy Murray in a contest that would have allowed the victor to edge one step closer to qualifying for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. After dropping the opening set 2-6, the Spaniard stormed back to snatch the following two sets 6-1, 6-2 and advance to the quarter-final round of the tournament.
“I needed to play my best tennis today,” said Ferrer. “Of course it’s my goal, and the goal of Andy. I think this match was very important for both players. Today was a good victory.”
Considering Djokovic leads the head-to-head series 12-5, there should be little doubt that he will control the contest en route to the semi-final round of the tournament. While Ferrer is coming off an upset win over Murray, he is unlikely to sustain that momentum against the world No. 1.
Prediction: Novak Djokovic in Straight Sets