2019 Shanghai Masters – Novak Djokovic vs Stefanos Tsitsipas Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is Novak Djokovic vs Stefanos Tsitsipas taking place? Qizhong Forest Sports City Arena, Shanghai, China

When is Novak Djokovic vs Stefanos Tsitsipas on and what time does it start? Friday 11th October, 2019 - not before 07:00 (UK)

What is the expected weather for Novak Djokovic vs Stefanos Tsitsipas? Cloudy, 26c

What channel is Novak Djokovic vs Stefanos Tsitsipas on? This match will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream Novak Djokovic vs Stefanos Tsitsipas? Amazon Prime subscribers can stream the match live via their platform

Where can I get tickets for Novak Djokovic vs Stefanos Tsitsipas? http://en.shanghairolexmasters.com/

THE LOWDOWN

HEAD-TO-HEAD
Last meeting:
Novak Djokovic beat Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3, 6-4

NOVAK DJOKOVIC

  • World number one Novak Djokovic exhibited the best in his defensive prowess by holding big-serving John Isner to nine aces in a straight-sets round of 16 victory.
  • The 32-year-old made nine aces of his own and is playing with a rhythm and class that should terrify everyone on tour, posting a remarkable 100% win rate on his second serve, and he wasn’t far off that on his first.
  • The Serb has reached this stage of the Shanghai Masters for the ninth time out of nine appearances at this tournament and has a 36-4 record here.

STEFANOS TSITSIPAS

  • Stefanos Tsitsipas battled hard against Hubert Hurkacz and lost the middle set to the Pole before coming through a third-set tie-break to reach the quarter-finals.
  • The pressure the Greek youngster has put on himself to reach the ATP Finals is plain to see and evidenced in his outbursts towards himself and his coaching staff in his match with Hurkacz.
  • The 21-year-old world number seven has improved on his Shanghai Masters placing year-on-year by reaching the quarter-finals here after a round of 16 loss to Kevin Anderson last year, and John Isner in the second round in 2017.

THE PREDICTION

Stefanos Tsitsipas holds a 50% win ratio over both Roger Federer and his foe here Novak Djokovic as things stand and must be one of a handful of players, if even less, to do so. It is 1-1 as things stand with the world number one, with the Greek star winning on a hard court last year and Djokovic winning the Madrid title against Tsitsipas on clay this summer. Tsitsipas will need to be better than his performance against Hubert Hurkacz but it still won’t be enough against Novak Djokovic who seems to be at the peak of his powers right now.

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