Novak Djokovic, the top seeded number 1 at Shanghai, eventually dropped the first of the match while playing against World number 110, Mischa Zverev. The latter broke his serve with great ease and subsequently took the set. While the second set was going on, Djokovic seemed a bit out of form, as he committed many unforced errors and that usual grunt after losing a point was missing. After 4-4 in the second set, he suddenly picked up and led the match to victory in 3 sets conclusively.
World number 9, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga went down to Spanish Roberta Bautista Agut in 73 minutes. He played the match with high intensity, calm mind, while putting a lot of pressure on the returns and exclaimed with joy as he sealed the match. He has played some amazing shots in his defence in this tournament. Next up for him is Djokovic, who leads the head-to-head against him, as 5-0. “I’m happy about being in the semi-finals. But also, I’m happy with the way I’m working, with the way I’m planning all my days, with the way I’m playing on the court,” said Bautista Agut. “I’m feeling great. I hope to continue like this.” “I am playing well and I’m doing the things well to face Novak. For sure it’s a good moment to face him. Novak is one of the best tennis players in history. I played against him a couple of really good matches. I know if I play good I can make it a difficult match for him” on facing Djokovic in the SF.
And, Andy Murray is yet to drop a set at Shanghai! He pulled an easy victory against Goffin in straight sets, allowing the nextGen Belgian to take only 4 games in the entire match. Murray is a big time contender for Djokovic and is eyeing to dethrone him by the year end at London. The difference between the ranking points at present is 1555 points, which, can be well covered if Murray wins the title at Shanghai.
Jack and Gille, actually went up the mark to entertain and get the best out of each other. The American Jack Sock and the Frenchman Gilles Simon had quite an enjoyable match! Where Sock was all prepared to take the second set for his victory, Simon came back to snatch it from him. In the decider set, the two opponents shared a light laughter when the game stood at 4-4 (30-15) and 5-5(15-15), made it memorable for the audience as well. Simon is next to face the Scot, Andy Murray, in the SF. Murray leads the head-to-head as 14-2, Simon managed a victory against him in 2015 in Rotterdam in the QF, prior to this, the penultimate victory came in 2007, in Rome, in R64.
Will we see the another victory added to Simon’s account with Murray going down to him? Or, will we witness the world number 1 lose to the seeded number 15, the Spanish Bautista Agut who is yet to drop a set!
The SF line up is follows:
(1) Novak Djokovic vs Roberta Bautista Agut [Djokovic leads the head-to-head, 5-0]
Gilles Simon vs (2) Andy Murray [Murray leads the head-to-head, 14-2]