Coric upsets Federer, facing Djokovic in Shanghai final

Florence Fletcher
October 14, 2018

About an eventual final again against the Swiss Roger Federer, who instead lost to Borna Coric 6-4 6-4, Novak Djokovic had said: 'If I get to play Roger, I mean, that would be, so to say, a flawless final for this tournament that everybody was anticipating in a way.

And even though Federer provided some early resistance in Coric's match-winning service, the 20-time grand-slam champion could not find a breakthrough to survive.

Defeat for Federer means he can't defend the title he won a year ago and he will also drop to No 3 in the world rankings after Novak Djokovic supplanted him by reaching the final.

"He's really improved his game, stepping up into the court, goes for his shots more than he used to", Federer said of Coric.

"I saw Kei was playing extremely aggressive, especially towards the end of the second set", said the Swiss world number two, who has been content with his form this week despite being pushed to three sets in his other two matches. He served better, " Federer said. He went up a break at the start of the second set, but then trailed 4-1 in the tiebreaker. "That combination is plenty here in Shanghai with fast conditions".

The final will be played on Sunday in China. I love the way I have played so far this week.

In his 1000th career match, Novak Djokovic advanced to the final in Shanghai.

Djokovic saved set point in the opener before taking control of the tie break and the second set to dump out the South African seventh seed.

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Djokovic's win over Zverev and Federer's demise guaranteed Djokovic will move up from No 3 to No 2 in the world on Monday, which has him swapping positions with Federer, but still trailing Rafael Nadal.

He banged his racket to the ground, then gave it another swipe before tossing the mangled implement into the crowd.

Djokovic, who endured a turbulent last season with injury and off-court issues, said they were "both different players" now.

Djokovic posted only nine unforced errors to 24 for Zverev.

"It's all working and it's been a couple of flawless matches".

The world No.2 was knocked out of the quarter-finals at the All England Club by Kevin Anderson, lost the Cincinnati Masters final to Djokovic and was stunned by Australia's John Millman in the fourth round of the US Open.

Djokovic held the advantage to seal the victory and set up a semi-final clash with Germany's Alexander Zverev, who became the fifth singles player to qualify for November's ATP Finals with a 6-4 6-4 win over Kyle Edmund.

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