Djokovic denies Haas 500th career victory
Novak Djokovic chalked up a world-leading 68th ATP Tour victory of the season, and denied Tommy Haas the 500th of his career, to reach the Shanghai Masters semi-finals on Friday.
Djokovic, who will have to wait to regain the world No. 1 spot after Roger Federer's win over Stanislas Wawrinka ensured he will spend another week at the top of the men's game, had too much subtlety for Haas in a 6-3 6-3 victory.
The year of 2012 has been highly impressive for Djokovic, only overlooked due to his sensational feats of the previous 12 months when he won three grand slam titles. The Serb has won more matches than any other player and he improved his record against players outside the top-10 to 51-1 with victory over Haas.