Novak Djokovic says he is ready for the "big task" of trying to win the ATP Tour Finals in London and claim the year-end world number one spot for a record-equalling sixth time. Their most recent clash was won by Djokovic - a 6-3, 6-3 decision at the Rolex Shanghai Masters in the round of 32.
"I would like to play tennis for a long time".
"It was my best serving performance of the tournament", he said. In short, Djokovic's odds are fairly justified (I made him a few ticks bigger but nothing noteworthy), and it would be considered a pretty big surprise if Shapovalov was celebrating tonight.
Shapovalov failed to reproduce the form he had shown earlier in the week during wins over seeded players Fabio Fognini, Alexander Zverev and Gael Monfils as he fell to a 6-3, 6-4 defeat in his maiden Masters final.
Rafael Nadal progressed to the semi-finals of the Paris Masters with a 7-6, 6-1 victory over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Friday night.
Shapovalov entered the match with only one career title - a modest ATP 250-level tournament in Stockholm last month - and having lost his three previous encounters against a 16-time Grand Slam victor considered among the all-time greats of tennis. "Denis maybe lost his focus a bit".
The 16-time Grand Slam victor held serve throughout to strengthen his hopes of ending the season as world number one. After botching a return on Djokovic's opening serve of the seventh game he whacked his racket into the ground in frustration.
"I will do all that I can do and all that's mathematically possible to recover for it".
Shapovalov fired 11 aces to Djokovic's two and won 83 per cent of his first-service points.
Last year, Nadal missed the season-ending ATP Finals in London because of the abdominal injury, but hopes he can recover in time for this year's finals starting on November 10.
Dimitrov let his guard down in the fifth game of the second set, allowing Djokovic to snatch the only break of the match. "Of course it's a tough ending but he was the better player", added the Canadian, who has now lost all four of his matches against 16-times grand slam victor Djokovic.
Nadal has enjoyed a fantastic 2019, winning both Roland Garros and the US Open to move to within one of great rival Roger Federer on the list for most Grand Slam titles.