ATP Shanghai Masters QFs: Novak Djokovic vs Gael Monfils Preview

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World No. 2  Novak Djokovic (Player Bio) will look to continue his campaign to defend his Shanghai crown when he meets dazzling Frenchman Gael Monfils (Player Bio), who ousted Roger Federer, in quarter-final action. It is the ninth time these two will meet on the professional tour and a win would get Djokovic onto the right way to regain his recently lost No. 1 ranking (but things will depend more on Nadal’s performance as he has got no points to defend). Check out the Djokovic v Monfils Head to Head.

After an absolutely dominant performance in his first match in Shanghai, the top seed continued his convincing display this morning, as he cruised past Fabio Fognini 6-3, 6-3 to reach the quarter-final. The Serbian star won 79% of his points on first serve and did not face a break point for the entire 70 minute duration of the match. Djokovic will be looking to secure his second consecutive title in Shanghai, after saving 5 match points in last year’s extraordinary final against Murray. It would also mark his second overall Master 1000 title of the season, having dethroned Rafael Nadal in an epic encounter in Monte Carlo earlier this year.

Gael Monfils produced a remarkable display of entertaining tennis en route to a shocking upset victory over 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer. The Frenchman took the opening set off a visible shaken Federer and had a mini-break lead in the second set tiebreak but the Swiss legend was able to recover and win the necessary four points to force a third decisive set. He would break Federer in the fourth game in the third set and rushed to a 5-1 lead before finishing the match 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-3 in 2 hours and 9 minutes to earn the biggest upset of the tournament yet. The win is arguably his best this year and weakens Federer’s chances of making the ATP World Tour Finals. Prior to his inspiring win earlier today, Monfils had defeated Vasek Pospisil in the second round. His performances so far this week marks his best showing in a Masters tournament this year. The world No. 42 is 31-19 in overall competition in 2013, with a 3-1 record in Masters events.

Djokovic and Monfils have previously met on 8 occasions on the ATP tour, with Djokovic holding a perfect 8-0 record against the Frenchman. Their last two encounters were both in Masters event (Canada, Cincinnati) back in 2011, with Djokovic picking up convincing wins in both. Seven of the eight meetings were on hard courts, which shows the Serbs dominance over Monfils on this particular surface. While the match will undoubtedly be in Djokovic’s favour, it will likely be an entertaining contest nonetheless.

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