Published On: Thu, Oct 10th, 2019

Novak Djokovic explains key to breaking John Isner serve after Shanghai Masters win | Tennis | Sport

Not many players in the world have had as much success as Novak Djokovic against John Isner.

The 6ft 10” big-serving American is well accustomed to a tiebreak as his monstrous deliveries are some of the most difficult to return in the world.

But Djokovic has broken Isner’s serve in each of their 12 matches – the most recent in Shanghai this morning.

The world No 1 is the defending champion and was in top form as he knocked Isner out of the tournament to progress to the quarter-finals before revealing his key to success.

“I just try to have a good position and react well and have a good balance,” Djokovic said.

“There are a lot of technical details that I won’t get into and you just pick a side.

“Sometimes you kind of use the experience of playing him before and knowing his patterns of where he might go, his favourite spot.

“But sometimes it’s just reaction, blocking serve and getting it back in play.

“That’s what you have to do against one of the best servers of all time.”

Djokovic will face the winner of Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Herbert Hurkacz in the quarter-finals tomorrow.

And the Serbian wants to improve on some aspects of his game despite putting in an almost perfect display.

He added: “There is always something to work on, that is the beauty of sport and life in general, you can always improve.

“But I am very happy with the way I am feeling and playing on court.

“This has been one of my best serving matches of lately so I’m looking forward to the next one.”

Djokovic is currently 1,140 ATP points ahead of Rafael Nadal in the world rankings.

The pair are tussling for the year-end world No 1 which is expected to go right down to the wire.

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