Jeremy Chardy has lost track of how many times he’s lost to Wimbledon and U.S. Open champion Novak Djokovic. It’s a lot.

The 42nd-ranked Chardy set up a 12th career meeting against Djokovic — he thought it was a 15th — after a 6-3, 7-6 (5) first-round win over Maximilian Marterer of Germany at the Shanghai Masters on Sunday.

In their 11 previous meetings, Djokovic has won all 26 sets they’ve played.

“I haven’t found the key … so I would like to try something different even if I get killed,” said Chardy, laughing. “It is not easy to believe once you lost all these times in a row and never won a set.

“The way I played the last times just didn’t work. I feel like I already tried different things.”

Chardy saved all three break points he faced in the match against Marterer.

“The courts here are really fast and I was surprised because I didn’t think we had courts this fast on tour,” Chardy said. “Maybe that will help me (against Djokovic).”

Djokovic has won the Shanghai title three times.

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Source: The Associated Press

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