ATP Shanghai Masters R3: Novak Djokovic vs Fabio Fognini Preview

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Former World No. 1 Novak Djokovic (Player Bio) began his Shanghai title defence last night with an absolute demolition of Marcel Granollers. He will be looking to advance deeper into the tournament when he meets crowd favourite Fabio Fognini (Player Bio) tomorrow in the third round of the competition. Check out the Djokovic vs Fognini Head to Head.

Djokovic appeared focused and motivated in his opening round match last night, which did not bode well for Granollers. It was their third ever encounter on the tour, with Djokovic dealing him a third bagel set in three matches. The Serbian star was on court for 71 minutes, and only lost two games in the entire match to win 6-2, 6-0. Djokovic will be looking to secure his second consecutive title in Shanghai, after saving 5 match points in last year’s final against Murray. It would also mark his second overall Master 1000 title of the season, having defeated Rafael Nadal in an epic encounter in Monte Carlo earlier this year.

Italian No. 1 Fabio Fognini is experiencing a career-best season in 2013, having won his first ATP Tour title in Stuttgart and followed it up a week later with his second tour title with a win in Hamburg. This allowed him to break into the Top 20 for the first time in his career at No. 19, (currently ranked No. 17). The Italian suffered a second round loss to Ernests Gulbis at the ATP Masters 1000 in Montreal and followed that up with a first round loss in Cincinnati to Radek Stepanek. His hard court record this season is quite poor as he holds a 9-11 record on that surface. Fognini defeated fellow Italian Paolo Lorenzi in the opening round and followed it up with a win over Tommy Robredo when he retired midway through the second set.

This marks the seventh time that Fognini and Djokovic meet on the professional tour, with the Serb leading the series at 5-1 (5-0 if you do not consider Fognini’s qualifying round win over Djokovic back in 2006). They have already met twice this year, both at Masters 1000 events, where Djokovic was victorious on both occasions. Considering the former No. 1 current motivations, it is unlikely that Fognini will be much of a threat.

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