Tennis: Novak Djokovic storms into Shanghai quarter-finals

Novak Djokovic celebrating after defeating Vasek Pospisil at the Shanghai Masters on Oct 13, 2016.
Novak Djokovic celebrating after defeating Vasek Pospisil at the Shanghai Masters on Oct 13, 2016.PHOTO: REUTERS

Shanghai (AFP) - World No. 1 Novak Djokovic dismissed Canadian qualifier Vasek Pospisil 6-4, 6-4 to storm into the Shanghai Masters quarter-finals on Thursday.

The 12-time Grand Slam winner came into the tournament with questions over his motivation but he left little room for doubt in a comprehensive victory.

Djokovic weathered 12 aces and 28 winners from Pospisil before completing the 79-minute victory with a searing forehand to the corner.

The Serb insists he is no longer chasing titles or rankings points after suffering a crisis of motivation since he completed a career Grand Slam at the French Open in June. But he is now into the Shanghai last eight without dropping a set and will face 110th-ranked Mischa Zverev for a place in the semi-finals.