Shapovalov no match for Djokovic in Shanghai
Novak Djokovic eased past Denis Shapovalov in straight sets on Wednesday to make the perfect start to his Shanghai Masters defence.
The 32-year-old Serbian, who won the Japan Open on Sunday on his return from a shoulder injury suffered during the US Open, took that good form into his opening game against the 20-year-old Canadian.
Djokovic broke Shapovalov in game eight of the first set and in games five and nine of the second set to wrap up a 6-3 6-3 win.
The world number one and 16-time Grand Slam champion, who will go head-to-head with big-serving American John Isner in the next round, said on the ATP website: "It's nice to be back. And also, it feels very good to play as well as I did today. I knew that Denis is very dangerous player. If he has time, if he's feeling the ball well, it can be a tough match.
"He was serving really well, high percentage also first serves, and just really difficult to return in the first set, so it took me a little bit of time to really adjust, start reading his serve a little bit better.
"But I thought I served really well. I used angles. I was very solid from back of the court. I had no problems with the shoulder pain... So no concerns there. Everything is feeling and looking good."
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