World number one Novak Djokovic sped into the Shanghai Masters quarter-finals with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Feliciano Lopez in just 71 minutes on Thursday as he continued his magical run in China.
As Andy Murray and Jo-Wilfriend Tsonga toiled, the unstoppable Serb dominated Spain’s Lopez as he brought up his 14th win in a row including a winning streak of 16 straight sets.
A magical backhand lob to break for 3-1 in the second set underlined the current superiority of Djokovic, who won his sixth China Open title last week and has won 70 and lost only five matches this year.
“There is no secret. I guess it depends how do you feel on a given day, depends how well your opponent is playing, how well you’re playing. It’s a combination of things,” said the two-time Shanghai champion.
“You can’t just expect to win all the time very comfortably, but I’ve been doing so for the last week-and-a-half. Obviously it’s giving me more confidence. Any time I come back to the court, I feel good and I start off well.”
Djokovic’s current unbeaten run stretches back to the Cincinnati Masters final in August and with his win in Beijing, he became the first man to top $15 million in prize money in a single year.
He said there was still room for improvement despite putting together what he calls his best season yet, after winning three out of four Grand Slam finals to reach a career total of 10.
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“I think it’s a combination of… maintaining the high level, the performance, the tennis I have right now, and also working on certain parts of the game that I think can be improved,” he said.
“I was brought up that way and thought to always look for some room for improvement. I still believe there are shots in my game that can be better. I think that’s one of the things that keeps me going.
It motivates me to play more.”
Albert Ramos came through qualifying before he stunned defending champion Roger Federer in the second round – but Tsonga proved a match too far.
However, the 27-year-old Spaniard gave the mercurial Frenchman a massive scare when he took the first set before going down fighting 6-7 (5/7), 7-5, 6-4 in two hours and 45 minutes.
Later, South Africa’s Kevin Anderson ousted Kei Nishikori when he edged the Japanese sixth seed in two tight sets, 7-6 (12/10), 7-6 (7/3).
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