Novak Djokovic on course for potential Rafael Nadal showdown at Shanghai Masters

Monfils, who conquered Roger Federer in the previous round, re-discovered his mojo at the start of the decider, rattling Djokovic, who hurled his racquet in disgust after one mistake. But it was the Serb who made the crucial break, in the seventh game, letting out of roar of triumph before going on to seal the match.

updated: October 11, 2013 19:21 IST
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Shanghai: Novak Djokovic stayed on course for a potential blockbuster Shanghai Masters title match against Rafael Nadal on Friday, surviving a withering assault from Frenchman Gael Monfils to win his quarter-final 6-7 (4/7), 6-2, 6-4.

Elsewhere in last-eight action, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Juan Martin del Potro breezed through their matches in straight sets as they hunt berths at next month's elite World Tour Finals.

In a first set full of brutal baseline tennis, Monfils and Djokovic swapped two service breaks each before the match settled into a more regular groove, going to a tie-break won by the Frenchman when the top seed went long with a backhand.

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  • Tennis
  • Roger Federer
  • Gael Monfils
  • Novak Djokovic
  • Rafael Nadal
  • Samantha Stosur