Federer stunned by 13th seed Coric in Shanghai semis

Shanghai Masters: Borna Ćorić beats Roger Federer to reach the final

If Coric wins Sunday's showdown, he will have beaten all of the "Big Four": Djokovic, Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray.

"I'm just cherishing that achievement and every moment spent on the court".

He had his first sniff of an opportunity with a break point in the sixth game of the second set, but second seed Djokovic survived when Coric again fired wide.

He called it a "weird" match and said he was never close to his best. "I think it was a really good week for me". "I wouldn't be surprised, to be honest, with the way I feel here and the way I communicate and have relationship with the people".

Coric, who had his right thigh wrapped throughout the match, saved three match points on his own serve in the ninth game of the second set.

The second seed beat 21-year-old Coric 6-3 6-4 in one hour and 37 minutes to claim his fourth Shanghai title.

The 14-times Grand Slam champion extended his winning streak to 18 matches as he continues to chase Rafa Nadal's world number one crown, with the Spaniard skipping the Asian swing to recover from a knee injury.

The Wimbledon and U.S. Open champion, who is looking to win a record fourth Shanghai title, defeated seventh-seeded Kevin Anderson 7-6 (1), 6-3.




In these last three months on hard court, the Serb has held 90.3% and broken 29.7% (120.0% combined) and has won 19 of his 20 matches, and these numbers show he's back to his previous best levels that saw him as dominant force in men's tennis.

"But also, he has improved a lot, and he has established himself as a top player".

Novak Djokovic has produced the ultimate assist for Borna Coric during the trophy presentation at the Shanghai Masters.

The 6-4, 6-4 victory over the 11th-seeded Briton seals Zverev's place in the season-ending ATP Finals in London next month, which bring together the top eight men. Zverev is ranked fifth.

Despite the effort, Djokovic was quick to step in and provide a quick Chinese lesson for the young gun, prompting him to say "Wo Ai Ni" to the crowd.

"It's all very, very positive, for more than ten years that I have been coming to China".

"It's always easier to get there - but then staying there is always the tougher part".

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