Djokovic beats Cecchinato to reach Shanghai quarters


Djokovic beats Cecchinato to reach Shanghai quarters

Novak Djokovic admits he knows exactly how many points Rafael Nadal is ahead of him in the world ranking, as he aims to dislodge the Spaniard from the top spot.

"I'm really glad I've put myself in a position to compete for No. 1 in the world," Djokovic told reporters. "Maybe 4-5 months ago that was looking a little far from reach."

The Wimbledon and US Open champion strengthened his chances of ending the year as number one by progressing to the quarter-finals of the Shanghai Masters.

Djokovic thrashed Marco Cecchinato 6-4, 6-love, but says he was nervous.