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Djokovic Cruises Into Shanghai QFs; Next Plays Monfils

Shanghai, China

Djokovic© AFP/Getty ImagesNovak Djokovic has a 17-match winning streak on Chinese soil.

Top seed and defending champion Novak Djokovic defeated Fabio Fognini 6-3, 6-3 on Thursday at the Shanghai Rolex Masters to book a quarter-final berth.

The 26-year-old Djokovic won 79 per cent of first serve points and didn't face a break point during the match which lasted one hour and 10 minutes. He extended his unbeaten streak against the No. 1 Italian to 6-0.

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"I needed to play a lot of long rallies and work for my points because Fognini is a player [that has been] in form over the past three or four months," said Djokovic. 

"He's somebody that has a lot of talent, moves around the court quite fast [and] makes you work. It was a good win. In the important moments I served well. I played the right shots at the right time. A straight sets win is something that I was looking forward to."

The victory marks the Serb's 48th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 quarter-final. He has 35-11 match record in last eight matches at this level.

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Djokovic next faces Roger Federer's conqueror Gael Monfils, over whom he holds a FedEx ATP Head2Head advantage of 8-0.

"Monfils, from I watched, was the better player on the court and he deserved to win," said  Djokovic. "He's always tricky when he serves big, as big as he served today. I think, he's one of the most interesting tennis players to watch because he's so athletic, he's so fast, he moves around the court well.  He's somebody that feeds off the energy of the crowd. He loves to play big matches on a big stage."

For Fognini, who is enjoying his career-best season, all is not lost. The 26 year old is currently No. 17 in the Emirates ATP Rankings and is well placed to become the first player from his nation to finish the year inside the Top 20 since Corrado Barrazzutti was No. 10 in 1978. He's already the first Italian to surpass $1 million in prize money in a season. 

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