Federer Stunned By 13th Seed Coric In Shanghai Semis

Posted October 16, 2018

Croatian 13th seed Borna Coric defeated top seed and defending champion Roger Federer in straight sets at the Rolex Shanghai Masters on Saturday.

Federer made a slow start against Coric after getting broken in the first game. "Bautista really had to raise his level of play in that second set to stay with me".

There was no let-up, though, and a sublime volley had Djokovic cupping an ear to the crowd as Coric failed to break back, the contest finally settled as the 14-time grand slam victor served out the championship.

Zverev has been suffering with a cold but ratcheted up the pressure to grab the all-important break of serve in the ninth game before closing out the match against de Minaur.

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Djokovic did not face a break point en route to a 59-minute victory as he extended his winning streak to 17 ATP matches.

The win means that Djokovic will return to No.2 in the ATP world rankings when they are published later this month, with the possibility of reclaiming his No.1 sport now in sight. He said he couldn't offer any specifics but did offer a guarantee regarding 2019. "But I will play tennis next year, yes", he said.

A sublime backhand pass followed by a forehand victor sealed a break to love for Zverev in the fifth game of the second set, and he duly wrapped up victory with minimal fuss.

By the time Zverev was 6-2, 3-1 down, his emotions got the better of him as he hit a routine backhand into the net.

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Djokovic posted only nine unforced errors to 24 for Zverev.

Every year you spend on tour, you feel kind of different", he said, adding, "last year was the first time I kind of broke through to the top 10 and was a top-five player.

"It's all working and it's been a couple of ideal matches". He has won all three of his previous finals in Shanghai.

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

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