Federer sinks Nishikori to reach Shanghai semi-finals

Paola Ditto
Октября 13, 2018

The pair will battle it out for a place in the Shanghai Masters final when they come to blows on Saturday, where the victor will face either Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev.

Coric, 21, beat 20-time Grand Slam champion Federer in the Halle final this year.

The first set went with serve, and some big serves at that, until Djokovic grabbed the break to go 4-2 up. He went up a break at the start of the second set, but then trailed 4-1 in the tiebreaker.

Coric continued the best year of his career by reaching his second Masters semi-final with a 7-5 6-4 victory over Australia's Matthew Ebden.

Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Juan Martin del Potro had already secured their spots, but Edmund's hopes of joining them and Zverev suffered a setback with this defeat.

For this first match, Djokovic is a solid [1.37] favourite to make the final, and rather surprisingly for two top-five players, they've only had one previous meeting, which Zverev took on the clay in Rome a year ago without facing a single break point.

The second seed stretched his unbeaten run to 16 matches with a 7-6 (7-1) 6-3 victory in a repeat of the Wimbledon final, which he also won in straight sets.

Zverev has been very impressive this week having not dropped a set and neither has Novak, but Djokovic is playing beautifully.

If I was forced to recommend a bet tomorrow, this would be it, but naturally it's hard to advocate a bet which I think is pretty accurately priced, so there are no recommendations for Saturday's semi-finals.

"He (Zverev) has improved a lot, and he has established himself as a top player", Djokovic said.

"I wasn't - I feel like - playing as well as I'm playing today", he warned. "I think I can be very happy with my level of play this week".

Edmund was bidding to reach his first Masters semi-final but a couple of forehand errors gifted Zverev a break in the opening game. "It's going to be definitely a close match".

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