"He was backing up his serve with really good, aggressive first shots in the rally", Japan Open victor Djokovic, who came into the match on a seven-match winning streak, told reporters.
Action in Shanghai continues tomorrow.
Those losses came against Spanish world number two Rafael Nadal, who is not playing in Shanghai, in the US Open final last month and the Rogers Cup final in August. Khachanov had won their first career meeting in three sets at the China Open quarterfinals in Beijing. The Serb outclassed the World no. 17 John Isner with a comfortable margin of 7-5, 6-3 in the worth-watching battle of round third at Shanghai Masters 2019.
And with the world number one and top seed Novak Djokovic having now been knocked out of the tournament, the 23-year-old Russian will be quietly confident that he can add the Shanghai Masters to the three other titles he has won this year - the Sofia Open, the Cincinnati Masters, and the St. Petersburg Open.
"I usually don't like to break racquets because it's never attractive", he said. The serving was the strength for Medvedev as he hit 12 aces which helped him win 82% of his service points.
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However reasonably than being intimidated by them, Tsitsipas stated: "I actually really feel like they're extra threatened than I'm and that makes me extra relaxed on court docket. He was super fast on his feet today which made it really hard for me to get my freebies and winners off the baseline because he was getting to all of them".
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His frustration may have stemmed from an inability to find his rhythm against an inspired Zverev, who was 40-0 up when serving for the match in the second set.
Djokovic talked about that he's entirely recovered from a shoulder wretchedness.
The moment he came out with all guns blazing in the first set whole crowd of Shanghai started chanting "Roger, Roger, go go go".
But Djokovic also managed to execute his own serve as effectively as he had hoped, complementing his typically excellent defensive game to get through. "He was the better player in the second and third sets".
The sixth-ranked Zverev, 22, faces Matteo Berrettini in the semi-finals on Saturday after the Italian defeated Austria's Dominic Thiem in straight sets. "He served for the set at 6-5".
A great determination was shown by Stefanos Tsitsipas as he had lost the opening set but fought back extremely strongly to win the final 2 sets and the match.
Berrettini outlasted eighth-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain 7-6 (7-5), 6-4.