2019 Rolex Shanghai Masters draw ceremony has been held on Saturday.

The ATP Tour Masters 1000 tournament will be played at Qi Zhong Tennis Center from October 6-13.

Fifty six players are taking part. Eight seeds (1-8) got BYE in the first round.

Novak, who won the event on four occasions (2012, 2013, 2015, 2018), is a top seed. He will begin his title defence and quest for 34th Masters trophy in the second round against Canadian Denis Shapovalov (ATP #36, 2-0 H2H).

Djokovic’s possible rivals in the later stages of the tournament are:

3rd round: John Isner (USA, 16), Lucas Pouille (FRA)
Quarter-finals: Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE, 6), Gael Monfils (FRA, 9)
Semi-finals: Daniil Medvedev (RUS. 3), Karen Khachanov (RUS, 7), Fabio Fognini (ITA, 10)
Finals: Roger Federer (SUI, 2), Dominic Thiem (AUT, 4), Alexander Zverev (GER, 5), Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP, 8)

Last year, Novak beat Borna Coric 6-3, 6-4 in the final to claim a record fourth title.

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