Serbia's Novak Djokovic and Filip Krajinovic have made a positive start to the doubles campaign at the Shanghai Masters after picking up a surprise win over this year's French Open doubles champions. Djokovic and Krajinovic saw off fifth-seeded Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies 6-3 3-6 10-3 to win their first match together since 2015.
Krawietz and Mies, who are enjoying a breakthrough season on the Tour, entered the match as the big favorites over the Serbian pair. Krawietz and Mies had their chances early on but they failed to convert two break points in the opening game of the match and three more break points two games later.
Krawietz and Mies paid the price for not realizing their chances as Djokovic and Krajinovic claimed their first break of the match in the fourth game and then routinely held on to their serve to win the first set. After winning the first set, Djokovic and Krajinovic made a bad start to the second set and never recovered from it as Krawietz and Mies earned an early break and then held on to their serve to force a decider.
However, losing the second set didn't affect Djokovic and Krajinovic at all as the Serbian duo absolutely dominated the match tie-break to seal the win in an hour and seven minutes. The key moment of the third set was Djokovic and Krajinovic's six-point run, which saw them go up 8-2. Djokovic and Krajinovic play next against either Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski or Xin Gao and Zhe Li.