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- Author: Steve Townsend Oct 16, 2018,
Oct 16, 2018, 5:46
Defending Champion Federer knocked out 8th seeded Kei Nisshikori of Japan 6-4, 7-6 (4) in one hour and 51 minutes with 10 aces, reports Xinhua news agency.
The Croatian started the match on fire at the Qizhong Forest Sports City Arena, taking the match to Federer with aggressive play.
Coric didn't offer Federer a break point opportunity, while managing to break Federer's serve in the opening game of both sets. "It's going to be definitely a close match".
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. But he put Nishikori under the cosh immediately, breaking the eighth seed in the first game of both sets, though the Japanese did well to recover and force a second-set tie break.
Djokovic and Zverev met on clay in the final of the Rome Masters in May last year, the 21-year-old German winning 6-4, 6-3.
Coric, who said he nearly skipped the event because of neck pain, finished off Federer in style with the final two points being an ace and a sizzling forehand crosscourt victor.
He beat the 20-time Grand Slam Champion at Halle this year as well.
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 31-year-old had defeated Alexander Zverev of Germany 6-2, 6-1 to book his place in the final of the ongoing tournament.
"Where I was about four months ago and where I am today is quite an extreme opposite". He's bidding to win a record fourth Shanghai title this week.
Djokovic, who has returned to his brutal best this season with Grand Slam wins at Wimbledon and the US Open, will surpass Federer as world number two when the next edition of the ATP rankings are released on Monday.