Djokovic, Murray Roll Into Shanghai QFs; Wawrinka Goes Down
by Staff | October 13th, 2016, 2:49 pm
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Top seeds Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray continued on their Shanghai final collision course on Thursday. The defending champion Djokovic rolled past Vasek Pospisil 6-4, 6-4.

“I thought it was a great quality of tennis today from both players,” said Djokovic. “I was very pleased with the way I played from the first to last point. I don’t think I dropped my level at all.

“And on the other side, Vasek was serving very well. It was really hard to read his serve. He was hitting the spots beautifully. He was putting a lot of power in that. Just when I needed to read his serve and play well, I did. It was enough: one break in both sets.”

Djokovic will now meet surprising qualifier Mischa Zverev who ousted Marcel Granollers. The older Zverev outlasted his teen brother, Alexander, who lost to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-7(4), 6-2, 7-5. Tsonga was down 4-1 in the third before winning six of the last seven games. He’ll move on to test Roberto Bautista Agut.

Murray had an even easier time blowing past Lucas Pouille 6-1, 6-3 to win his seventh straight match.

“The start of the match was pretty tight,” said Murray. “It was a long first two games and I managed to get through them and was up a break. It was a good start from both of us. Then maybe he started rushing a little bit in the next couple of games, and the first set was pretty much gone.

“In the second set he changed it up. He started using a bit more slice, he was serve and volleying a bit. He was stepping in on some second-serve returns, sometimes going back. So he tried a lot of different things today. But I came up with some good shots. At the end when I needed them, I was hitting the ball clean and moving well. I didn’t give him really many free points.”

Murray meets David Goffin who overcame a set down to beat Gael Monfils 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.

Stan Wawrinka was the big upset of the day. The Swiss lost to Gilles Simon 6-4, 6-4. Simon now faces Jack Sock who saved two match points in a 0-6, 6-4, 7-6(8) victory over Milos Raonic.

“I wish I had done better in the third set,” said Raonic. “I think the double fault I hit on break point down in the second set, gave him belief. Other than that, the match could have gone both ways. He stepped up and he took it.”

FRIDAY SHANGHAI SCHEDULE
STADIUM start 1:00 pm
[15] R. Bautista Agut (ESP) vs [9] J. Tsonga (FRA)
[1] N. Djokovic (SRB) vs [Q] M. Zverev (GER)

Not Before 6:00 pm
[11] D. Goffin (BEL) vs [2] A. Murray (GBR)

Not Before 8:00 pm
J. Sock (USA) vs G. Simon (FRA)


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64 Comments for Djokovic, Murray Roll Into Shanghai QFs; Wawrinka Goes Down

skeezer Says:

Simon, when on, is one of the very best if not the best counter punchers in the game. If you have a good power game, you can hit through him. But you better bring that power with consistency.


Willow Says:

Stan seems to play better in the GS, such alot of talent, but blows hot and cold too much, seems to love making Novaks life a misery though, like Berdych with Federer ….

BTW Lovely family picture of Novak, Jelena and little Stefan, sooo cute ;-)) ….


jalep Says:

Good point about Stan, Willow: seems to play better in the GS.
Oh well he’s got Donna’s shoulder 😢

skeezer right on about Simon. Love watching him his speed around the court and anticipation when he’s on.


Danica Says:

It was interesting what Stan said about grand slams and playing Nole. He said that he made himself suffer and feel pain in order not ro think much. He just kept running and hiting and taking chances and being agressive, whether it pays out or not. Mostly, it did. He credited Nole for pushing him to the limits and making him earn those titles.


Willow Says:

Cant bring myself to cheer at the prospect of another Novak / Andy potential final anymore, sorry i expect now i will be sent to Coventry ….


Van Persie Says:

Agree with you Willow. I am cheering for a Nole- Goffin final ;) But Goffin will lose today :(


Van Persie Says:

And would also be glad, if Goffin won the whole thing. Novak has already enough master titles.


danica Says:

The way things are going now, Nole is losing to older Zverev.


danica Says:

Maybe a Zverev : Goffin finals? :)


Van Persie Says:

^^ Looks like it…do not really know, which Danica are you.


Danica Says:

Hi VP,
I’m the only real Danica here ;). I’m now writing from my computer at home which has a memorized “danica” nick. On my phone, I couldn’t get it to begin with a small letter “d” and thus sometimes “Danica”. I now changed the computer version to be capitalized. The email address is always the same. Staff will agree.

The fact that there is an impostor is funny to me. I bet this person thinks I would be upset or something. On the contrary, (s)he makes me laugh.

So far, Nole not so good. Lost the 1st set, on serve in the 2nd.


Van Persie Says:

Hi Danica,

Just wanted to be sure, I am talking to the real Danica :)


Danica Says:

You are ;)
The crazy one is not me :))


Van Persie Says:

I do not see the match. Is Novak serving that bad or Mischa is a very good returner today?


Danica Says:

Grrrr. Nole breaks and Misha breaks back. Seriously?


Van Persie Says:

I see Nole wasn’t able to conserve his break. Not good


Van Persie Says:

And now Mischa can close the match on Nole’s serve


Danica Says:

I can’t watch it either. I changed the cable provider and for now, do not have the Tennis Channel anymore. But it’s 5:4 for Mischa and if Nole fails to hold his serve, it’ll be hasta la vista for him :/


Van Persie Says:

Even if Novak wins somehow today, he should play BAutista tomorrow, who is far more challenging then Mischa


Danica Says:

Agreed. RBA is a great player and Nole had some trouble playing him before. But it looks like he’ll pack his bags today so no need to worry about the outcome of tomorrow’s match.


J-Kath Says:

Am only seeing a score-board…..is Nole playing poorly? or is Mischa playing the match of his life?


Danica Says:

J-Kath,
probably a bit of both. But I am giving credit to Mischa for obviously playing a great tournament so far.


J-Kath Says:

Thanks Danica: I thought it would be a slaughter which is why I didn’t pay to see it.


Colin Says:

I too watched only the scoreboard. With Nole serving to stay in the match, I left to do some chores, and returned fully expecting to see he’d lost.

Clearly he still has some private issues that are affecting his game. He is fully entitled to keep them private, but I wish he’d explain, partly because, like all of us, I’d like to know, and partly because his silence encourages all sorts of gossip,some of it hostile.


AndyMira Says:

Oh My God..Andy’s defense is scary good!Goffin maybe win this match if he’s to face opponent other than Andy on the other side..Hope Andy will not waste too much energy to face Nole this sunday..


Colin Says:

I did manage to watch some of this match, but the reception was so bad (like a movie with every other frame missing)that I didn’t pay much attention, though I did notice that Andy was almost spookily calm. I like Goffin’s play, but he looks too frail to joust with the top guys.

Anyway, Andy seems to be heading for another meeting with Nole, and it could be an interesting one.


Margot Says:

Andy is cooking, looking mighty fine. And moving faster than ever, it seems to me. Quite strange for a “chubby chappy,” Giles…..;)


J-Kath Says:

Andy got p-ssed with line calls.

I think David Goffin would rather play anyone but Andy (his nemesis)- that score-line alone is enuf to depress David for the next month.

Annabel Croft said Andy delivered a perfect match – she’s obviously missing Roger.

Nole – Evidently he’s now singing/humming to himself to keep from getting too tense. If it works, why not.


Willow Says:

Seems that way J-Kath, both Annabel and Virginia Wade seem to fawn over everything related to Roger, im sure they would watch him opening an envelope even if he did that (YAWN) ….


Daniel Says:

So Nivak survived a scare. Best for him is tgat next is Agut, who can’t trouble Novak.

Seems Djoko x Murray final with Murray winning on form. Let’s see


AndyMira Says:

@M 8:10 am..”Chubby Chappy”..Ha ha ha..I thought “Chappy” just reserved to our special guy?


Margot Says:

AM: No, that’s “Cheerful Chappy” on account of his happy disposition…not ;)


AndyMira Says:

@M..Err..i don’t think our guy is a “Cheerful Chappy” atm considering ahem ahem[i can't say it,i will get slam by someone if i do that M]..


Margot Says:

True A.M.
How about, “Unhappy Chappy” then? Or even “Yowling Unhappy Chappy?”
We’ve then got a rather nifty acronym.


AndyMira Says:

M…Ha ha ha..God!I missed your humour so much..”Yowling Howling Rolling On The Floor Unhappy Chappy”..hah!Sounds perfect..


AndyMira Says:

@M..On second thought,it’s also suit us rafa fans perfectly!


Margot Says:

Lol AM. “Yowling Howling” sounds like an especially unpleasant Country and Western singer……;)


AndyMira Says:

Really M?Then i will leave it to you to decide then Boss!I’m OK with whatever you choose..


J-Kath Says:

Willow:

They’d be delighted to be at hand to pass him the toilet roll as he sits on the throne………


J-Kath Says:

Daniel

Agut ain’t no walk-over. Nole may have to do a lot of singing to keep himself relaxed…..

What about Simon vs. Andy?


Willow Says:

J-Kath exactly lol, i mean for the love of god, the mans a tennis player not some god, quite pathetic really, ill get of my high horse now lol ….


Danica Says:

I agree re: Agut. Nole had problems with his game previously. I have not seen Nole playing recently save the highlights from Fognini match, so I don’t really know how well he plays and how invested he is in his matches. But for sure, the match with Agut will not be a walk in the park.

Still, hoping Nole will win it.


Daniel Says:

If Djoko was playing Goffin I would be more concerned. Agut can’5 do nothing to him, easy straight set win.

Simon also doesn’t bother Murray much because the game Simon plays Murray is expert one and better. It will be a repeat of today’s math with Goffin, easy score which didn’t reflect the long grinding match. Murray seems super fit and he is playing inside the court most of the time. They showed a graph where his hit point was in front of everybody else. He is in form.

My slight favorite for the title, but we all know when Djoko is in finals, something triggers inside him and Murray mat feel some old mental demons agaisnt Djoko. Hope they meet, could hardly see any matched due to time zone but on weekend I’ll catch up.


Willow Says:

I Must admit to falling out of love with Andy and Novak finals a long time ago(sorry Andy fans), without been pesimistic they seem to go Novaks way more often than not, and its the same old cliches we hear all the time afterwards, such as it was nice tennis, it was close, couldve gone either way , and fans saying how fantastic this rivalry is, and how much they love it, of course the Novak fans will love it, when your favorite has the monopoly in the rivalry, i mean why wouldnt you ? ….


J-Kath Says:

This is for Rafa Fans: Some of the remarks are tough – but it seriously states that Rafa can re-wind to his previous winning self.

http://www.sportskeeda.com/tennis/rafa-reinvention-lessons-nadal-can-learn-from-federer


Willow Says:

Thanks for the article J-Kath, gives you food for thought been a Rafa fan ….


J-Kath Says:

Willow @ 1.06 pm –

Yes, Nole vs. Andy loses its charm when you know who is going to win 99% of the time – it’s not just Andy fans who have to be stoic, but neutral fans know the result before the match. A bit of a downer really but hey heck – if Andy did better or Nole did less well it could be really exciting.

Firstly, will they meet at Shanghai Final: Andy vs. Simon: Simon beat Andy recently (2015)? at Rotterdam. Could happen again – Simon is a sticker. Nole vs. Agut? Even worse H2h for Agut against Nole – however, Agut has given Nole tough matches in at least 2 GS’s. Still think the “new” Nole will need to keep humming to himself to win because Agut will have the scent of possibility – rightly or wrongly in his head.

Yes, the article does have road signs for Rafa.


Willow Says:

All true J-Kath, please dont hate me though for just being honest ….


J-Kath Says:

Goodness gracious me! Hate you??? No way Hose! What you said was so true as things stand. When you know who is going to win, you may as well watch a replay. I look forward (fingers crossed) with more competitive matches – sacrificing my blood pressure in doing so.


Willow Says:

J-Kath me too ;-)) ….


Willow Says:

Okie if your reading, ive just sent you a post on FB,glad weve found each other, and i look forward to chatting to you from across the pond, my dear friend ;-)) ….


jalep Says:

How I came to feel about Rafa vs Federer matches that everyone loves so much. Bah yuck. Highlights are plenty – there was rarely any suspense as to the winner.

Andy should have no trouble with Simon. Simon nearly lost to Jack Sock. But Novak vs Mischa was curious. Hadn’t seen the older Zverev play for a long time. I guess neither had Novak. Novak knows Bobby Agut’s intensity and game very well. No surprises there. Smilin’ Nole should hum his way through ftw.

I see by the score that Garbine Muguruza is doing her best to lose.


Willow Says:

Jalep yeah true, i think certain rivalries eventually run their course in the end, and i dont fancy another Novak /Andy AO final, and i think the Rafole rivalry has now lost its appeal, sorry if i sound like a misery guts lol ….


Willow Says:

I Wonder if winning the FO is a curse on the WTA, it was for Ivanovic and Schiavoni after winning that niether were the same again, and Mugaruza seems to have been on a bit of a slump lately hmm ….


Willow Says:

Moderation for the love of god why ? ….


jalep Says:

Don’t be sorry. I’m as cranky today as it gets – ol’ misery guts about many of these slacker players that only do the minimum. Kyrgios isn’t alone. Count Muguruza in that lot.

In the live ranks it’s still a race between Kuznetsova, Cibulkova, and CSN.

Konta is out, unfortunately. She’s the one I hoped would qualify the most because she consistently has a pulse.


jalep Says:

Who is being moderated, you? Willow?


Willow Says:

Yeah me Jalep, moderation ? ….


jalep Says:

Cussing and swearing again, lol


Willow Says:

Yep blank this, blank that, i wish this blanker would blank off lol ….


jalep Says:

Oh boy, Can’t wait to read it!! Brighten my day.

In case anyone gives a @#$% about RTS. probably not.
http://live-tennis.eu/en/wta-live-ranking


Willow Says:

Jalep lol no really, it was only about the FO which seems to be a curse when it comes to the WTA players, i cant understand why it would be moderated (SCRATCHES HEAD ) ….


jalep Says:

Cheers, Willow. Muguruza I guess fell and twisted her ankle. Poor thing. Madison Keys vs Swiss Miss, # 67 Viktorija Golubic for one SF in Linz.

Suarez-Navarro vs Cibby in the other Linz SF.


RZ Says:

@Jalep – I care!
Shame about Muguruza – seemed like she might have been picking up her game again finally. Also a shame that Konta got an ab strain this week. Hurts her changes in the RTS, especially as it’s a tight race with Keys and Cibulkova for the last 2 spots (plus Suarez Navarro and Kuznetsova still have a shot at getting in).

And what was that from Angie? Gavrilova has a lot of upside but that was a brutal scoreline for a #1 player.

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