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Djokovic masters Chardy again to reach Shanghai 3rd round

AFP  |  Shanghai 

had won all 11 previous matches against and the world No 3's perfect run was never in real doubt at the Masters on Tuesday.

The Serbian, who has burst back to form this year, winning and the US Open, broke the Frenchman in the fifth game on the way to a 6-3 7-5 victory to ease into round three.

The 31-year-old Djokovic had to contend with a more stubborn Chardy in the second set, before the second seed's superior shot-making won through in 83 minutes.

The 14-time Grand Slam champion missed six months of competition in 2017 and had at the start of this year.

But he has surged back to form and fitness and now has his eye on Rafael Nadal's number one ranking.

The Spanish great is not in -- where he lost to in last year's final -- because of

Top seed and holder Federer starts his campaign on Wednesday against Russia's

Nikoloz Basilashvili showed that his triumph at the weekend was no fluke as he brushed aside the promising

The Georgian, up to a career-high 23 in the world following his victory over in on Sunday, beat the teenage Canadian 6-2, 6-2 in just 57 minutes.

The 26-year-old Basilashvili will now have another upset in his sights when he plays fourth seed at the Masters 1000 event on Wednesday. Basilashvili's victory over an under-the-weather del Potro at the weekend was just his second ATP title, the first coming in in July.

Del Potro, the third seed who was suffering with a cold and in Beijing, meets France's

A press conference for the Argentine on Tuesday was cancelled at the last moment, however, which suggests that he could still be unwell.

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First Published: Tue, October 09 2018. 18:10 IST