Djokovic charges into Shanghai quarters
The Serbian clinched his seventh victory in as many meetings against the left-handed 15th seed to move through to the quarter-finals.
It was his 70th match win of the year. Djokovic’s 22-17 winners to unforced errors ratio proved telling against Lopez’s 13-28.
It extended his winning record on Chinese soil to 35-1 after claiming the title in Beijing last week. Despite being in some of the best <g data-gr-id="22">form</g> of his career, he said there was still room for improvements while striving to maintain his current level.
“I think it’s a combination of the two - maintaining the high level, the performance, the tennis I have right now, and also working on certain parts of the game that I think can be improved,” Djokovic said after the match.
“I was brought up that way and thought to always look for some room for improvement. I still believe there are shots in my game that can be better. I think that’s one of the things that keeps me going. It motivates me to play more.”
South African Kevin Anderson reached the quarter-final with 7-6 (10), 7-6 (3) win against No.3 seed Japanese Kei Nishikori on Thursday.