Published: Tue, October 16, 2018
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

Federer, Djokovic, Zverev advance at Shanghai Masters

Federer, Djokovic, Zverev advance at Shanghai Masters

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.

In the second set, Nisshikori recovered to fight from 1-3 behind force a tie-breaker, but the net cord gave favour to the 20-time Grand Slam victor in the decisive moment.

The inaugural Davis Cup finals are slated for a week in Madrid in November 2019 as part of a revamp to the competition, but it has been contentious with players. "I think it was a different type of match", said Federer who improved to 6-2 against the Japanese star.

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.

"Where I was about four months ago and where I am today is quite an extreme opposite".

Second seed Djokovic, who has returned to his brutal best this season with Grand Slam wins at Wimbledon and the U.S Open, will surpass Federer as world number two when the next edition of the ATP rankings are released on Monday.

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Coric then repeated the trick on Federer's in the second set to take a commanding lead.

Edmund was bidding to reach his first Masters semi-final but a couple of forehand errors gifted Zverev a break in the opening game. Nishikori broke back but Federer served out the set to love.

Zverev is the fifth player to book a place in the season-end tournament in London, joining Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro in the eight-player field. "Bautista really had to raise his level of play in that second set to stay with me".

Fourth-seeded Alexander Zverev of Germany also advanced to the quarterfinals by pasting Alex de Minaur of Australia 6-1, 6-4.

The 31-year-old said there was "confusion" with the two competing events coming so close together and being so similar.

'There is a lot going on you don't get to see on the inside but most of the time I learn to control the emotions'.

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