Coric beats Federer to reach Shanghai Masters final

Arnold Nichols
October 16, 2018

"I served, I think, 80 percent in that second set and got broken twice".

Roger Federer has been the Rolex Shanghai Masters ambassador for a couple of years now promoting the event through advertisement videos, and in a recent interview to CGTN he said that he hopes to compete there for the rest of his career.

Novak Djokovic will challenge for a fourth Shanghai Masters title after a comprehensive 6-2 6-1 victory over Alexander Zverev in their semi-final in China.

Twenty-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer, who crashed out of the ongoing Shanghai Masters after losing to Borna Coric of Germany in their semi-final match, has said that he is "actually happy" with his performance as he is playing well on the court.

The 21-year-old, now ranked 19th, will enter the top 15 of the ATP rankings for the first time after he competes against Novak Djokovic in Sunday's final.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion Federer has not been at his brilliant best all week, dropping sets in the two opening matches of his wobbly title defence.


Djokovic broke to go ahead when the Croatian went long at the end of a rollercoaster sixth game and that was all the second seed needed to close out the opener.

Federer had to play catch-up in the tie break and said afterwards that he was relieved to avoid another three-setter.

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

In his 1000th tour-level match, the 31-year-old saw off competition from Zverev in just an hour and 19 seconds.

Djokovic, who beat South African Kevin Anderson 7-6 6-3 to reach the last four, knows a fourth Shanghai title would help him trim Rafa Nadal's lead at the top of the rankings.

He is backing instead of the rival ATP World Team Cup, set to take place weeks later at the start of the 2020 season in Australia.

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