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Novak Djokovic dominated Lucas Pouille in a one-sided quarter-final at the Japan Open Tennis Championships on Friday.

The world number one crushed Pouille 6-1 6-2 in just 50 minutes in a superb display at the ATP 500 tournament in Tokyo.

Djokovic had won his previous two meetings with the Frenchman in straight sets – including in the Australian Open semi-finals this year – and was in complete control from the outset in windy conditions.

The 16-time grand slam champion won eight of the first nine points, breaking when Pouille netted a volley in the second game.

Pouille could win only two of the first 14 points of the match, losing the opening set in just over 20 minutes.

Djokovic – playing his first tournament since retiring in the US Open fourth round due to a shoulder injury – was flawless and Pouille had no answers as the Serbian rolled out to a 4-0 lead in the second set.

After his third straight-sets win of the week, Djokovic will face either David Goffin or Hyeon Chung in the semi-finals.

World number two Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the Shanghai Masters due to a wrist injury.

Nadal, 33, played at the Laver Cup last month, but missed his matches on the final day because of the problem.

The Spaniard, who won the US Open in September for his 19th grand slam title, was due to play in Shanghai, but his withdrawal was confirmed on Friday.

"Hi all, I am very sad to announce that I won't be able to play in Shanghai this year. It is the second year in a row and in China I have great fans," Nadal said, via the tournament's website.

"The tournament is amazing and the city one of the most special places around the world.

"But, as you all probably know, I had an inflammation on my left wrist during the Laver Cup and I haven't had the time to recover and practice to be ready for this amazing event.

"I hope to be back in Shanghai for the 2020 tournament."

A two-time runner-up in Shanghai, Nadal missed the event last year due to a knee injury.

Shanghai Masters tournament director Michael Luevano wished Nadal all the best in his recovery.

"We will obviously miss not having Rafa here at the Shanghai Masters. He has been an incredible supporter of the tournament and of tennis in China," he said.

"He gives so much when he is on the court and his toughness knows no bounds like in 2014 when he played the tournament while suffering appendicitis.

"It should go without saying that on behalf of everyone at the Shanghai Masters we hope the left wrist mends fully and he is back on tour very soon, continuing to enthral fans with his tennis.

"Also, on a personal note, as well as speaking for the entire family at the Shanghai Masters, we wish Rafa and his fiance Maria Francisca [Perello] all the very best for their upcoming wedding.

"Rafa's legions of fans in Shanghai and China look forward to welcoming him back in 2020."

Alexander Zverev followed up his thumping win over Frances Tiafoe with another resounding success against a fellow young gun as he roared past Felix Auger-Aliassime at the China Open.

After clinching Team Europe's success at the Laver Cup last month, Zverev has performed strongly in the opening rounds in Beijing, making light work of two of the most promising players in the game.

Zverev, despite a largely underwhelming season, is nudging closer to a top-eight place in the Race to London as he bids to reach the ATP Finals, where last year he stunned Novak Djokovic in the title match.

A 6-3 6-1 win over Canadian 19-year-old Auger-Aliassime is irrefutably a strong result, and for the German second seed it sets up a quarter-final against American Sam Querrey, who needed to dig deep for a 7-6 (7-2) 6-7 (6-8) 6-3 win over Argentinian Diego Schwartzman.

Greek third seed Stefanos Tsitsipas was taken the distance before getting the better of Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili, the world number seven outlasting the 17th-ranked player 4-6 6-3 6-2 in a touch over two hours.

Next for Tsitsipas is a clash with a player he has yet to beat, John Isner, after the American won 7-6 (7-3) 7-5 against Britain's Dan Evans.

Isner fended off Tsitsipas at Wimbledon in 2018 and a year earlier in Shanghai, with four of the five sets across those two matches going to tie-breaks, a familiar pattern when the big-serving Dallas resident is in action.

Hyeon Chung will face David Goffin in the quarter-finals of the Japan Open after denying Marin Cilic a milestone victory.

Cilic was expected to claim the 500th tour-level win of his career in Tokyo on Thursday, but Chung beat the sixth seed 6-4 3-6 6-1.

Chung, absent for much of this season due to a back injury, had not won a set in his previous three meetings with Cilic, yet the unseeded South Korean pulled off an upset to move into the last eight.

Cilic had a first-serve percentage of only 57 and double-faulted seven times to bow out of his first tournament since the US Open.

Chung said: "I'm just really happy because this is one of the best wins in my career so far. It was a really tough match against one of the best players in the world. I'm just trying to enjoy every point."

Goffin, winner of this tournament two years ago, got past Denis Shapovalov 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (7-2).

There were no breaks of serve in a tight contest between the third seed and 20-year-old Shapovalov, but it was the Belgian who had the edge in the tie-breaks.

Qualifier John Millman went through with a 6-3 6-2 win over Lloyd Harris, while Taro Daniel defeated Jordan Thompson 6-4 7-6 (7-3).

Andy Murray reached his first ATP Tour singles quarter-final for a year at the expense of Cameron Norrie and will face Dominic Thiem in the China Open.

Murray consigned recent US Open semi-finalist Matteo Berrettini to a first-round defeat in Beijing and battled his way past fellow British player Norrie 7-6 (8-6) 6-7 (4-7) 6-1 on day three.

The former world number one needed eight minutes short of three hours to win through, securing back-to-back tour-level singles successes for the first time since undergoing hip resurfacing in January.

Murray, winner of this tournament three years ago, said he felt the effects of playing two matches in as many days and welcomed the opportunity to put his feet up ahead of a showdown on Friday with world number five Thiem.

"I'm tired, I just had a sleep before coming," said Murray. "I'm really tired. That's the first time I've had to do that since I came back... It's something that I need to kind of get used to again, especially playing at this level and that intensity.

"It was a good step for me. It's great that I won the match. Whether I'd won or lost it, I was able to come out the following day and be competitive and play some good tennis. But obviously I'm happy I've got the day off tomorrow to recover."

Thiem eased to a 6-3 6-3 victory over wildcard Zhizhen Zhang, who was unable to force a single break point.

Top seed Thiem, able to seal his place in the ATP Finals if he reaches the final this week, broke twice in the first set and once in the second to advance.

Fabio Fognini and Karen Khachanov also progressed with straight-sets victories over Andrey Rublev and Jeremy Chardy respectively.

Novak Djokovic was pleased to report his shoulder was feeling fine as he returned to action with a win at the Japan Open on Tuesday.

World number one Djokovic had not played since retiring against Stan Wawrinka in the last 16 at the US Open last month, with his Flushing Meadows title defence ended by pain in his shoulder.

But the Serbian was back on the court in Tokyo this week and eased past qualifier Alexei Popyrin 6-4 6-2 in the first round.

"The shoulder is good. I have not felt anything in the previous days, including today in the match," said Djokovic, who faces veteran home favourite Go Soeda next.

"So I am very pleased to say that and to feel healthy."

He added: "I thought from really the beginning to the end, I played really well and on a consistent, high level and good intensity."

But while Djokovic was comfortable, he was the only seed to progress at the ATP 500 tournament on Tuesday.

Japanese stars Taro Daniel and Yasutaka Uchiyama upset Borna Coric and 2015 finalist Benoit Paire respectively, while American Taylor Fritz lost to compatriot Reilly Opelka.

Daniel clinched a dramatic win over Coric in a final-set tie-break and said: "I knew the opponent was going to be more nervous than me. Obviously he's like, 'I have to win, he's a wild card'.

"I was just like, 'Keep going, try to not be passive, not be too aggressive, but just try and find that balance, not make any mistakes'. He ended up making more mistakes than I did."

Gilles Simon advanced to set up a clash with Opelka, while Radu Albot also went through and will play Uchiyama next.

Denis Shapovalov defeated Miomir Kecmanovic, as Jordan Thompson saw off Juan Ignacio Londero.

Andy Murray was among a number of big names to advance at the China Open on Tuesday and revealed he is now finding greater enjoyment in his tennis after shocking Matteo Berrettini.

Former world number one Murray has three grand slam titles to his name but is ranked just 503rd as he continues his return from hip resurfacing surgery, having been set to call time on his career earlier this year.

Meanwhile, Berrettini is the world number 13 and reached the US Open semi-finals less than four weeks ago.

But in his most notable victory of 2019, Murray upset the odds to defeat the eighth seed 7-6 (7-2) 7-6 (9-7) in Beijing and move into the second round.

The Scot took the opportunity afterwards to explain a more positive approach to the sport as he edges closer to full fitness.

"I think just not being in pain now is making tennis a little bit more fun so the practice and the preparation for tournaments is just a lot easier," Murray said, as reported by Eurosport.

"In the last few years, that really wasn't the case and I was finding it all really stressful, I wasn't getting much enjoyment out it. So it's a little bit different now, which is nice."

Murray faces fellow Brit Cameron Norrie next on Wednesday and added: "Hopefully, I can have a good run here. That was a good start for me. I think I play again tomorrow so that will be a good test for me.

"It's the first time I will have played sort of high-level back-to-back days, so I will see how I pull up after that one. But it's a bit of progress for me again this week, which is good.

"I feel like the progress has been quite consistent and hopefully that keeps going through to the end of the year."

Although Berrettini was shocked, several other contenders came through unscathed on Tuesday, with Dominic Thiem and the previously out of form Stefanos Tsitsipas leading the way.

Top seed Thiem, who could face Murray in the quarters, eased past Richard Gasquet in straight sets, as third seed Tsitsipas was required to recover from a set down and then a break in the third to get the better of Dusan Lajovic.

It was the Greek's first victory since the Citi Open with the exception of the Laver Cup.

Thiem said: "I felt great from the first practice and it's great to get my first win in Beijing. It's one of the strongest tournaments - you can lose every match - but I was very good today."

Fabio Fognini advanced, too, beating Mikhail Kukushkin, but American pair Sam Querrey and John Isner overturned seeds Roberto Bautista Agut and Gael Monfils respectively in a packed draw.

Felix Auger-Aliassime, who plays Alexander Zverev next, Nikoloz Basilashvili and Diego Schwartzman also reached the last 16.

Novak Djokovic won on his first outing since the US Open as he cruised past Alexei Popyrin in straight sets in Tokyo.

The world number one had to retire from his fourth-round clash against Stan Wawrinka in New York due to a shoulder injury but encountered few problems as he launched his Japan Open campaign with a 6-4 6-2 triumph.

Djokovic took the fifth break point on offer in the ninth game of the first set before closing out the opener.

Popyrin was never allowed a look at breaking the Djokovic serve and found himself increasingly over-matched as he subsided in an hour and 25 minutes.

Djokovic, 32, will face veteran Japanese wildcard Go Soeda in round two.

Andy Murray claimed the best singles win since his comeback from hip surgery by seeing off Matteo Berrettini in the first round of the China Open.

Murray beat world number 13 and US Open semi-finalist Berrettini in straight sets 7-6 (2) 7-6 (7) over the course of two hours and three minutes in Beijing.

Berrettini, who is eighth in the ATP's Race to London standings, broke Murray and served for the first set at 5-3, only for the three-time grand slam winner's customary fighting spirit to kick in and force a tiebreak.

The 32-year-old was dominant in the initial breaker, allowing his Italian opponent only two points.

The pair exchanged breaks early in the second, which also went the distance.

Murray dug in to save two set points before prevailing 9-7, setting up an all-British clash against Cameron Norrie.

Alexander Zverev came through his first-round clash with Frances Tiafoe unscathed at the China Open, winning 6-3 6-2 on Monday.

World number six Zverev has won one title this year and still has work to do to reach the ATP Finals in London, where he triumphed last year.

But the German enjoyed a successful start to his week in Beijing, beating Tiafoe with relative ease, facing just a single break point over the two sets.

Zverev was joined in the second round by fourth seed Karen Khachanov, who defeated Pablo Cuevas 6-2 7-6 (9-7) – the Uruguayan passing up four chances to force a deciding set.

Grigor Dimitrov remained unable to build on his run to the US Open semi-finals and was beaten 6-2 7-5 by 21-year-old Andrey Rublev.

Jeremy Chardy defeated Marco Cecchinato 6-7 (7-9) 6-3 7-6 (7-4), while there were contrasting fortunes for three British players in action.

Kyle Edmund came up short against Zhang Zhizhen and lost 6-4 3-6 7-6 (7-5), but Dan Evans saw off Zhe Li and Cameron Norrie benefited from Cristian Garin's retirement.

At the Japan Open Tennis Championships, seeds Lucas Pouille and Marin Cilic came through their openers in straight sets, beating Hubert Hurkacz 6-4 6-3 and Yuichi Sugita 6-4 6-4 respectively.

There is home representation in the next round, though, as Go Soeda battled past Jan-Lennard Struff in three sets and Yoshihito Nishioka brushed aside Joao Sousa.

Meanwhile, Hyeon Chung recovered from a tough start to beat Lorenzo Sonego 3-6 6-3 6-4.

Alex de Minaur claimed a 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 win over Adrian Mannarino in the final of the Zhuhai Championships to earn his third ATP Tour title of the year.

Only Rafael Nadal has collected more championships in 2019 than the young Australian, who wore his opponent down on Sunday.

De Minaur had earlier beaten Andy Murray in an impressive, energetic display, before dumping out a pair of higher seeds in Borna Coric and Roberto Bautista Agut.

The 20-year-old, who is set to rise to 25th in the rankings, forged 13 break point opportunities against Mannarino but only took one.

That came from the final point of the match, with De Minaur getting the job done despite a scoreboard that perhaps gave Mannarino more credit than he deserved.

Pablo Carreno Busta returned to winning ways on the ATP Tour with a gutsy 6-7 (5-7) 6-4 7-6 (7-3) triumph over Alexander Bublik in the Chengdu Open final.

The Spaniard climbed into the top 10 of the rankings in 2017 and won at Estoril, yet he had not claimed a single title in over two years since that triumph.

Carreno Busta has slumped to world number 63, but he returned to form in China this week.

The 28-year-old enjoyed impressive wins against Benoit Paire, Cristian Garin and Denis Shapovalov before finally beating Bublik on Sunday.

Carreno Busta squandered six break points against his erratic opponent, taking just one in the second game, but he kept his composure in the third-set tie-break to clinch victory.

Alex de Minaur produced a superb display to defeat Roberto Bautista Agut and set up a Zhuhai Open final with Adrian Mannarino.

The Australian, who accounted for Andy Murray in round two, dominated in a 6-2 6-2 thrashing of the world number 10.

De Minaur won 95 per cent of points on his first serve and converted four of five break points to remain firmly on track for a third title of the year.

Bautista Agut's fellow Spaniard Albert Ramos Vinolas also suffered semi-final disappointment as Mannarino burst out of the blocks in a 6-0 4-6 6-1 victory.

The Frenchman won the opening seven games and will hope to recapture that form in pursuit of a second ATP Tour title on Sunday.

There was some joy for Spain in Chengdu, where Pablo Carreno Busta booked a final showdown with Alexander Bublik.

Carreno Busta needed just 63 minutes to overcome Denis Shapovalov 6-3 6-4 while Bublik, who dismissed Grigor Dimitrov in the previous round, was a 7-6 (8-6) 6-4 winner over Lloyd Harris.

Roberto Bautista Agut maintained his 100 per cent record against Andreas Seppi as he cruised into the semi-finals of the Zhuhai Open on Friday.

The Spaniard made it four straight wins against Seppi, with the 6-2 6-2 result not just securing a place in the last four of the tournament but also strengthening his bid to qualify for the season-ending ATP Finals.

"My game is getting better and that's why I'm climbing in the ATP Rankings," the world number 10 told the ATP Tour website after triumphing in one hour and 19 minutes.

Bautista Agut is joined in the semis by compatriot Albert Ramos-Vinolas, who knocked out third seed Gael Monfils 7-5 6-4 to set up a clash with Adrian Mannarino - a 6-1 6-4 winner over Damir Dzumhur.

Meanwhile, Alex de Minaur came through via a deciding set for a second successive outing. Having battled back to knock out Andy Murray in the previous round, the seventh-seeded Australian triumphed 6-2 4-6 6-4 against fourth seed Borna Coric. His reward is a showdown with Bautista Agut on Saturday.

At the Chengdu Open, Alexander Bublik battled back from the brink of defeat to upset Grigor Dimitrov, denying the fourth seed a 300th career win.

Bublik - who served 35 aces - saved two match points in the tie-break to decide the second set before eventually going on to triumph 5-7 7-6 (9-7) 7-6 (7-3). 

Next up will be South African lucky loser Lloyd Harris, who made it through to a maiden semi-final on the ATP Tour courtesy of a three-set victory over Joao Sousa.

The other side of the draw will see eighth seed Denis Shapovalov take on Pablo Carreno Busta, the pair recording respective triumphs over Egor Gerasimov and Cristian Garin in their quarter-final ties.

Andy Murray has acknowledged he struggled with the physical demands of his match against Alex De Minaur at the Zhuhai Open.

Former world number one Murray, who overcame a gruelling first-round clash with Tennys Sandgren on Tuesday, suffered a 4-6 6-2 6-4 defeat to 20-year-old Australian De Minaur in the second round on Thursday.

Murray looked in sharp form in the first set, yet De Minaur started to get the better of him in set two, coming out on top in some thrilling rallies.

The Scot squandered three break points as he attempted to revive his challenge, but De Minaur triumphed with a second match point, with Murray subsequently conceding he struggled with the intensity of the play.

"Physically, I was struggling," said Murray, who underwent hip surgery in January. "My level dropped off a little bit and he capitalised on that.

"My body held up well after two pretty long matches but the rest of my body is just tired. I wasn't able to sustain it for long enough."

Quoted by BBC Sport, he added: "I played one or two good points, but then I was trying to finish the points a little bit early and shot selection goes down when you're tired."

Murray's focus will switch to Beijing and next week's China Open, while the 32-year-old will also take part in the Shanghai Masters as he continues his singles comeback.

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