Borna Coric claims Roger Federer scalp to reach Shanghai Masters final

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The victor of the last two grand slams, Djokovic has been unstoppable in recent months and crushed Zverev 6-2 6-1 to set up a final meeting with either Roger Federer or Borna Coric.

The 13th-seeded Coric closed the match out with a clean forehand passing shot to claim his spot in Sunday's final.

Serbian tennis ace Novak Djokovic will be looking to lift the Shanghai Masters title for the fourth time while taking on Borna Coric of Croatia in the summit clash of men's singles event here on Sunday.

Reigning champion Roger Federer was pushed all the way for the second match in a row before beating Roberto Bautista Agut to squeeze into the Shanghai Masters quarter-finals yesterday.

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A furious pace was established early in the first set and Coric, having initially matched his opponent stride for stride, soon found the going tough.

The second set followed a similar pattern at the start, the 20-time grand slam victor taking the first game after creating a break-point opportunity with a sizzling backhand return.

In the second set, Nisshikori recovered to fight from 1-3 behind force a tie-breaker, but the net cord gave favour to the 20-time Grand Slam victor in the decisive moment.

A sublime backhand pass followed by a forehand victor sealed a break to love for Zverev in the fifth game of the second set, and he duly wrapped up victory with minimal fuss. "I don't think I played a match where I didn't get broken, so that's something a bit more unusual for me", ATP quoted Federer, as saying.

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Djokovic, 31, is on a 17-match winning streak, a run that includes titles at the US Open and Cincinnati Masters.

"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.

The win means that Djokovic will return to No.2 in the ATP world rankings when they are published later this month, with the possibility of reclaiming his No.1 sport now in sight.

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