Shanghai Masters: Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer move into quarters

first_imgWorld number one Novak Djokovic produced a majestic display in a 7-5 6-3 victory over American John Isner on Thursday to extend his winning streak in Asia and reach the Shanghai Masters quarter-finals.Djokovic, who arrived in Shanghai after winning the Japan Open in Tokyo over the weekend without losing a set, did not drop serve in the 75-minute encounter and clinically took both of his break-point opportunities against the big-serving American.Those breaks came in a commanding period where, at 5-5 in the opening set, the 16-times Grand Slam champion swung the momentum of the match his way by winning five games in a row.”It’s always a big challenge returning the serve of Isner,” Djokovic said of his 6-foot-10-inch opponent. “He’s got one of the biggest serves of all time. With that height, the serve is a huge weapon and huge advantage.”I managed to read his serve and find a good position on the return at the end of the first set and also (at the) beginning of the second… I thought it was one of the best serving matches I had lately.”Djokovic, the defending champion, will next play Greek sixth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas who beat Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz 7-5 3-6 7-6(5) in the only three-setter of the day.Twice champion Roger Federer was far from his best but did enough to overcome David Goffin 7-6(7) 6-4. Federer committed 40 unforced errors but saved five set points in the opening set.”I never really felt like I had the upper hand over David today, I thought he did a really good job. He was so much better than at the U.S. Open,” Federer said of his Belgian opponent who he beat in straight sets in last month’s Grand Slam.advertisement”I think he was very clear in his shot selection… 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.”The Swiss second seed will be up against German fifth seed Alexander Zverev, who dispatched Andrey Rublev 6-0 7-6(4) in 84 minutes.Third-seed Daniil Medvedev also advanced with a 7-6(7) 7-5 victory over Canadian Vasek Pospisil while fourth-seed Dominic Thiem recorded a straightforward 6-3 6-4 win over Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili.Also Read | Naomi Osaka giving up US citizenship to play for Japan in 2020 Olympics: MediaAlso see:last_img read more

We can overcome it DavidsTea following Tim Hortons in facing challenges of

MONTREAL — DavidsTea has joined its coffee rival Tim Hortons in discovering the challenges of entering the American market.The Montreal-based company is struggling to re-energize its U.S. operations by catering better to tastes south of the border.DavidsTea’s new CEO said Thursday that it has learned from its mistakes and is adjusting to make things better.“This is not a net new problem for retailers entering a new market,” Joel Silver told reporters after the company’s annual meeting.“We can overcome it but we’re learning on the ground what works differently, what works the same, and we’re responding to it to make it happen.”DavidsTea losing chief financial officer, months after the arrival of new CEOBMO cuts DavidsTea ’s target price 40% amid company ‘reset’He said the company remains committed to the U.S. market but is slowing its American expansion while it tries to better understand its consumers. The retailer, he said, discovered that U.S. customers prefer iced tea over hot brew and have a sweeter palate than Canadians.DavidsTea (Nasdaq:DTEA) plans to open up to five U.S. stores this year after launching 49 locations since 2011. The company won’t say how many U.S. stores it now expects to possibly open but last year told analysts it saw a potential to have 320 American locations and 230 in Canada.Silver, who became CEO in March, said the priorities across North America are to reduce its tea assortment from more than 130 varieties, focus on bestsellers instead of new mixes, as well as improve marketing and the online experience.Tim Hortons (TSX:THI) experienced its own challenges in the U.S. where consumers didn’t have the same emotional connection to the brand as Canadians.Dave Bidini/Postmedia Since its debut in 1984, it has faced a series of changes and fended off criticism from activist investors who pressured the company to scale back its U.S. expansion.Like Tim Hortons, Silver said it will take DavidsTea some time to figure it out.“Tim Hortons has some momentum now in the U.S. but it took them time to get there, so that’s the lesson I take from it.”Meanwhile, former chairman Pierre Michaud told shareholders that the controlling family isn’t acting in their best interests by constantly changing its strategy that has resulted in the departure of senior executives and a big decrease in the value of their investments.Since reaching a stock price of US$27 following its public offering two years ago, DavidsTea’s shares have plunged to $5.97 in Thursday trading.“What is the future for the shareholders like us,” he said, questioning whether co-founder Herschel Segal’s actions will hurt their investments as happened to those who put money into his other company Le Chateau.Michaud, who founded home renovation retailer Reno-Depot and was chairman of grocer Provigo, said the company is not being patient with the U.S. operations because they are unprofitable.“This is where the potential is, and the people who invested in this company invested because we were going to expand in the U.S.,” he said.The Canadian Press read more