Novak opens Shanghai title defence with routine win

Novak u osmini finala Mastersa u Šangaju

World no.2 Novak Djokovic needed just 70 minutes to open his title defence on Wednesday, defeating Spain’s Marcel Granolleres 6-2, 6-0, to reach the third round of the Shanghai Rolex Masters.

Novak won 81% per cent of his first service points, converted five of his 10 break point opportunities and saved all three break points he faced.

Match statistics: aces (6-0), double faults (2-4), winners (26-9), unforced errors (16-17), total points won (58-34).

The 26-year-old Djokovic is attempting to capture his fifth tour-level title of the year (4-2 overall record) this week. He improved to a 58-9 season record.

Novak will next challenge world no.17 Fabio Fognini (5-0 H2H). The Italian advanced when Tommy Robredo was forced to retire from their match with a wrist injury. Fognini had been leading 7-6(3), 2-1.

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