Shanghai - Andy Murray moved into the third round of the Shanghai Masters with a 7-5, 6-2 win over Jerzy Janowicz on Wednesday.
Murray has been on a roll the last three weeks in China, winning nine of his last 10 matches as he tries to qualify for next month's ATP finals in London.
Murray will next face David Ferrer, another player fighting for a spot in the eight-man field. Ferrer rallied to beat Martin Klizan 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4.
Also, Kei Nishikori and Stan Wawrinka dropped their opening matches.
The fourth-seeded Wawrinka squandered a 3-0 lead in the final set before falling to Gilles Simon 5-7, 7-5, 6-4. Nishikori, who won two straight titles in Kuala Lumpur and Tokyo, was beaten by Jack Sock 7-6 (5), 6-4.
Shanghai Masters results on Wednesday:
Novak Djokovic (SRB x1) bt Dominic Thiem (AUT) 6-3, 6-4
Andy Murray (GBR x11) bt Jerzy Janowicz (POL) 7-5, 6-2
David Ferrer (ESP x5) bt Martin Klizan (SVK) 4-6, 7-6 (7/4), 6-4
Roberto Bautista (ESP x14) bt Vasek Pospisil (CAN) 7-6 (7/1), 3-6, 6-4
Julien Benneteau (FRA) bt Grigor Dimitrov (BUL x10) 7-5, 6-3
Jack Sock (USA) bt Kei Nishikori (JPN x7) 7-6 (7/5), 6-4
Tomas Berdych (CZE x6) bt Richard Gasquet (FRA) 6-3, 6-1
Malek Jaziri (TUN) bt Wang Chuhan (CHN) 6-0, 6-4
Gilles Simon (FRA) bt Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI x4) 5-7, 7-5, 6-4
Juan Monaco (ARG) bt Milos Raonic (CAN x8) 5-2 (Monaco won after retirement from Raonic)
Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) bt Ivan Dodig (CRO) 7-6 (9/7), 6-7 (4/7), 6-3
John Isner (USA x13) bt Steve Johnson (USA) 7-6 (8/6), 7-6 (9/7)
Feliciano Lopez (ESP) bt Rafael Nadal (ESP x2) 6-3, 7-6 (8/6)