ATP Shanghai: Novak Djokovic breezes past Alexander Zverev


Croatia's Borna Coric produced a masterful display of power-hitting to stun holder Roger Federer 6-4 6-4 in the Shanghai Masters on Saturday and will face Novak Djokovic in the final. Nishikori capitalised on short balls early in the tie-break, but Federer won six straight points for a memorable win.

The first set in Shanghai was a see-saw affair, with seven breaks of serve between the two.

Second seed Djokovic enjoyed a measure of revenge as he booked his spot in the quarter-finals with a 6-4, 6-0 demolition of Marco Cecchinato. "I think I can be very happy with my level of play this week".

Second seed Djokovic prevailed over Anderson at the All England Club and took his winning run to 16 matches by beating the South African 7-6 (7/1) 6-3 in one hour and 44 minutes.

"I just feel like the date of the Davis Cup is really bad, especially for the top players", said Djokovic, echoing the strong sentiments of Zverev a day earlier.

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The victor of the last two grand slams, Djokovic has been unstoppable in recent months and crushed Zverev 6-2 6-1 to set up a final meeting with either Roger Federer or Borna Coric. With a brilliant serving game as well, Ćorić has reached his first final in a Masters 1000 series tournament!

Bautista Agut, a finalist here in 2016, finally offered Federer an opening to take control by surrendering his serve in the ninth game of the third set.

The top four players in the world - Nadal, Federer, Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro - had already qualified for London. Zverev will play either second-seeded Djokovic or seventh-seeded Kevin Anderson in the semifinals. There is still a lot more tennis going on till the end of the year.

"Obviously, I'm going to try to do everything I can to get to number one", said Djokovic.

The 31-year-old says he is back close to the kind of blistering form that has brought him 14 Grand Slams. Then I guess you come to a point when you just can't let it affect you, you just have to remind yourself how hard you had to work to actually get there.