Krajinovic/Djokovic Stop Nitto ATP Finals Hopes In Shanghai
Klaasen/Venus battle for second-round berth
Novak Djokovic joined fellow Serbian Filip Krajinovic on Tuesday in beating fifth seeds Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies, this year’s Roland Garros champion, 6-3, 3-6, 10-3 in 67 minutes at the Rolex Shanghai Masters. They will next play Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski, who were 6-3, 6-4 victors over Chinese wild cards Xin Gao and Zhe Li.
Elsewhere, fourth seeds Raven Klaasen and Michael Venus, who are one spot behind fourth-placed Germans Krawietz and Mies in the 2019 ATP Doubles Race To London, knocked out Wesley Koolhof and Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 7-6(8) in 87 minutes.
Klaasen and Venus, who are bidding to qualify for the Nitto ATP Finals for the second consecutive year, recovered from 1-3 down in the second set and saved five set points from 2/6 and at 6/7 in the tie-break.
Meanwhile, Rohan Bopanna and Denis Shapovalov beat Russians Karen Khachanov and Andrey Rublev 6-1, 6-4 in 57 minutes. Hubert Kurkacz and Benoit Paire beat Frenchmen Jeremy Chardy and Fabrice Martin 6-4, 7-6(4) in 70 minutes for a place in the second round.
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