SHANGHAI — Novak Djokovic, the hottest player on the men’s tour in the second half of the year, never faced a break point in putting away Jeremy Chardy of France 6-3, 7-5 at the Shanghai Masters on Tuesday.
Djokovic’s second-round victory improved his perfect record against the 41st-ranked Chardy to 12-0 in matches played, and 28-0 in sets won.
“I’m very grateful to play on a high level,” Djokovic said. “I’m very close to my best.”
The Wimbledon and US Open champion, Djokovic is hoping to win a record fourth Shanghai title this week.
Cilic served for the match at 5-4 in the third set but couldn’t pull off the victory. Jarry won the next two games to advance to the third round.
The win over the seventh-ranked Thiem is the best of the 51st-ranked Ebden’s career.
Thiem has played in Shanghai four times and has never advanced to the third round.
A couple of champions from last weekend also progressed.
Up to a career-high ranking of 23, Basilashvili never faced a break point on his serve. The Georgian earned his first win in Shanghai after qualifying in 2015 and 2017.