Djokovic outguns Anderson in Shanghai

14 October, 2018, 03:29 | Author: Brenda Erickson
  • Coric stuns Federer in Shanghai, faces Djokovic in final

Defending champion Roger Federer was upset in the semifinals of the Shanghai Masters.

I'm ready for whatever challenge is across the net.' Federer will now play the Swiss Indoors in Basel and then ATP Finals in London.

"It was one of the best matches of my life", said Coric, who had nearly skipped the tournament due to neck pain.

Djokovic played his 1,000th career match against Zverev and holds an impressive 827-173 win-loss record.

Borna Coric of Croatia celebrates winning against Roger Federer of Switzerland. Coric, world-ranked 19th, will face one of his toughest tests of the season against Djokovic in Sunday's showpiece.

Coric finished off Federer in style with the final two points an ace and a sizzling forehand cross-court victor.

"Serving, I think, it's okay, could be even a little bit better".

"You can't write him off after beating Federer in this sort of manner", Greg Rusedski said of Coric on Sky Sports.

But he put Nishikori under the cosh immediately, breaking the eighth seed in the first game of both sets, though the Japanese did well to recover and force a second-set tie break.

Djokovic, 31, is his dominant self again in a country where he has always thrived in the faster conditions on his beloved hard courts.

Borna Coric is congratulated by Roger Federer after his victory on Saturday.

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Whether Federer breaks his duck before the year is out remains to be seen, having left open the possibility of playing just two more tournaments in 2018. He said he couldn't offer any specifics but did offer a guarantee regarding 2019. "So you see, two sets sometimes doesn't tell the truth".

Celebrating his 1,000th match in style, the 14-time Grand Slam victor Djokovic was clinical against a shell-shocked Zverev. "Every year you spend on tour, you feel kind of different", he said.

Djokovic will be up to second in the world when the new rankings are released on Monday, but he is desperate to take injured Rafael Nadal's number one spot before the year is out.

Federer failed to make an impact on Coric's serve, losing the match in straight sets without creating a single break point. The 21-year-old basically never struggled on serve as he faced no break points.

He banged his racket to the ground, then gave it another swipe before tossing the mangled implement into the crowd.

Alexander Zverev disposes of his racket after smashing it in frustration during his match against Novak Djokovic.

"He (Zverev) has improved a lot, and he has established himself as a top player", Djokovic said.

"It's all working and it's been a couple of ideal matches".

It was also the second time this year that 21-year-old Coric has defeated Federer.

Touted as a potential future multiple Grand Slam victor, fourth seed Zverev eased past Kyle Edmund to reach his first Shanghai semi-final.

A win on Sunday would deliver a fourth title for the season to Djokovic, beside Wimbledon and the US Open.

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