Shanghai, China (SportsNetwork.com) - Top seeds Novak Djokovic and Rafael
Nadal moved into the semifinals at the $3.85 million Shanghai Masters
The reigning Shanghai champion and former world No. 1 Djokovic fought back to
beat flamboyant former top-10 Frenchman Gael Monfils 6-7 (4-7), 6-2, 6-4 in 2
hours, 23 minutes, while the newly-crowned No. 1 Nadal handled eighth-seeded
Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka 7-6 (12-10), 6-1 in 1 hour, 46 minutes Friday on the
hardcourts at Qizhong Forest Sports City Arena. Monfils upset Roger Federer
here on Thursday.
Djokovic is now 60-9 this year and has recorded at least 60 match wins for
a seventh consecutive season.
The super Serb defeated then two-time reigning champion Andy Murray in
last year's Shanghai finale. Djokovic beat the U.S. and French Open
champion Nadal in last week's marquee finale at the China Open in Beijing.
The Australian Open champion and U.S. Open and Wimbledon runner-up Djokovic
will face seventh-seeded Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in Saturday's
semifinals, while the 2009 Shanghai runner-up Nadal will take on sixth-seeded
former U.S. Open champ Juan Martin del Potro.
Last week's Tokyo titlist del Potro drubbed 15th-seeded Spaniard Nicolas
Almagro 6-3, 6-3, while the former Aussie Open runner-up Tsonga trounced
German Florian Mayer 6-2, 6-3 on Day 6.
Djokovic is 10-5 lifetime against Tsonga, including a win in the 2008 Aussie
Open final, while Nadal is 8-3 all-time versus the formidable del Potro.
The amazing Nadal is looking to pad his record of 26 Masters titles this week.
This week's big winner will earn $730,000.
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