Nikoloz Basilashvili avoided becoming an early casualty at the Shanghai Masters when the Georgian 15th seed was forced to fight back from a set down to beat Moldova's unseeded Radu Albot 4-6 6-1 6-3 and move into the second round on Sunday.
Meanwhile, there was a surprise defeat for Marin Cilic, who was beaten in straight sets by Albert Ramos Vinolas.
The second set was even more dominant as Djokovic broke his opponent twice to go up 3-0 then held serve the rest of the way.
He can have the prospect to surpass the Spaniard in that regard subsequent week on the Shanghai Masters and he has closed the hole within the Race To London - the rankings system that exclusively takes into consideration factors amassed in a calendar 12 months - to lower than 1,500 factors, with one other 1,000 accessible to him in Shanghai, the place the injured Nadal received't play.
"The conditions are playing quick here". I see Djokovic being too strong and winning this match in straight sets.
"And hopefully I can maintain that in Shanghai as well". "I know back home in Australia, we all like underdogs", he said. I think he's playing for one of the last spots in London [ATP Finals] so I'm sure he'll be up for it. "And with heat, it is going to be very, very tough for players and for fans or for anybody who is in the stadium", Djokovic said.More news: Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and OneNote now testing dark mode on iOS 13
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Two players each expected to be future heavyweights met as Shapovalov faced Tiafoe, but it is the Canadian who is clearly further along in his development, and he provided evidence of that in a comfortable victory.
Djokovic took just 50 minutes to beat fifth seed Pouille for the third time this season, easing to a 6-1 6-2 victory on Friday.
Millman, on the other hand, swept aside Reilly Opelka of America 6-3, 7-6 in another semi-final clash of the men's singles event that lasted one hour and 28 minutes.
But Djokovic limited Pouille to only 48 per cent of his first-serve points won."It was definitely one of the best matches I've played this year. I took the time away from him".
Pospisil's fellow qualifiers Norrie and Jeremy Chardy also reached the second round, coming through against Kyle Edmund and Gilles Simon respectively.