Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic at 2018 Shanghai Masters

Djokovic, Federer poised to meet in Shanghai Masters final

The top tennis players Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic look solid and in a great shape to set up a mouth-watering Shanghai Masters finale.

By Jawad Hussain

KARACHI, Oct. 12, 2018 ( — Roger Federer of Switzerland, Novak Djokovic of Serbia, Borna Coric of Croatia, and Alexander Zverev of Germany cruised into semi-finals of the Shanghai Masters at Qizhong Forest Sports City Arena in Shanghai, China on Friday.

Shanghai Masters: First Quarterfinal – Zverev vs Edmund

Fourth-seeded Alexander Zverev of Germany exhibited a great form and control in the first quarterfinal of the Shanghai Masters against Kyle Edmund of the Great Britain.

A straight sets victory in just an hour and 12 minutes earned the German youngster a place in the year-end ATP Finals, which will be played at Singapore.

Alexander Zverev is the fifth player to have qualified for the ATP Finals after Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, and Juan Martin del Potro already booked them tickets to Singapore.

The German fourth-seeded player took control of the first quarter-final right at the start by winning the first set 6-4. He again broke his opponent’s serve once in the second set to secure a 6-4 victory, which completed a 6-4 6-4 triumph over the British player. Zverev smashed 12 unforced errors, compared with 25 from his British opponent.

Talking about his qualification into the ATP Finals, Alexander Zverev said, “Obviously, it’s great to finally officially make it and obviously be part of the eight best again, which is an elite group, which is kind of the goal for everyone at the beginning of the season.”

With this victory, Alexander Zverev, the world number five in the ATP Rankings, has improved his record to 4-0 over Kyle Edmund. On the other hand, Kyle Edmund, who is currently 12th in the ATP Rankings, will need to redo his strategy and uplift his game to finish among the top eight players for the year-ending ATP Finals at O2 Arena in Singapore.

Alexander Zverev is the most successful player this year with 49Tour victories to his name. Dominic Thiem of Austria follows with 48 Tour victories this season.

Zverev said, “It means a lot because I have kind of played only the biggest tournaments. Obviously I don’t want to stop here. There is still a lot more tennis going on till the end of the year. I’m in semifinals now, and I obviously don’t want to be satisfied just yet.”

Shanghai Masters: Second Quarterfinal – Djokovic vs Anderson

Novak Djokovic of Serbia, 14-time Grand Slam winner, got a great boost to his campaign of winning the Shanghai Masters for a record fourth time on Friday when he thumped Kevin Anderson of South Africa in straight sets.

The overwhelming victory suggested the clear frame of mind of the Serb who is also enjoying a great form after winning two Grand Slam titles earlier this year. Novak Djokovic has won Wimbledon and U.S. Open this year. Apart from the two Grand Slams, Novak Djokovic, who underwent an elbow surgery in February, has also won the Cincinnati Masters in the United States.

Novak Djokovic faced a stiff competition from the South African lad in the first set but the Serb was able to keep a lid on the challenge like a true champion. The world number three completed the victory by 7-6 6-3 over the seventh-seeded South African player.

The second-seeded Serbian player is looking to end the season on top of the ATP Rankings, which is currently led by the Spanish king of clay courts Rafael Nadal. Djokovic is already a part of the year-ending ATP Finals as he is one of the five qualified players.

Shanghai Masters: Third Quarterfinal – Coric vs Ebden

In a low-key last-eight encounter, Borna Coric of Croatia defeated Matthew Ebden of Australia in straight sets to qualify into his first Shanghai Masters semifinal in China on Friday.

Although Matthew Ebden smashed nine aces as against Borna Coric’s eight aces, the Croatian exhibited more control over his shots as he didn’t commit a single double fault whereas the Aussie made five double faults.

During his crucial victory, Borna Coric made a great use of second serve as he won 70 percent of the points on the second serve besides winning four break points.

Shanghai Masters: Fourth Quarterfinal – Federer vs Nishikori

Top-seeded Roger Federer of Switzerland came a step closer to his title defence in the Shanghai Masters on Friday. In the last quarterfinal of the 2018 Shanghai Masters, Roger Federer outclassed Kei Nishikori of Japan 6-4 7-6.

After racing to victory in the first set, Roger Federer was tested to the length in the second set by the Japanese challenger but he managed to thump the world number 12 after coming from 4-1 down in the tie-break.

Roger Federer is looking to win his first Masters title since winning the same event last year.

Shanghai Masters: First Semifinal – Novak Djokovic vs Alexander Zverev

In the first semifinal of the Shanghai Masters on Saturday, Alexander Zverev will take on Novak Djokovic at Qizhong Forest Sports City Arena in Shanghai, China.

Zverev has defeated Djokovic only once in his career and that victory came in the 2017 Rome Masters final. When recalled about the 2017 loss, Djokovic told an interviewer, “It was a different surface. I wasn’t, I feel like, playing as well as I’m playing today. But also, he has improved a lot, and he has established himself as a top player. It’s going to be definitely a close match.”

Shanghai Masters: Second Semifinal – Roger Federer vs Borna Coric

In the second semifinal of Shanghai Masters, Roger Federer will be up against 21-year-old Borna Coric. The tie gives Roger Federer a chance to avenge his loss in the Halle final earlier this year to the Croatian youngster.

Borna Coric is enjoying the best year of his ATP career as he has entered his second Masters semifinal.

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