Djokovic outguns Anderson in Shanghai

Djokovic outguns Anderson in Shanghai

Borna Coric of Croatia celebrates winning against Roger Federer of Switzerland.

The other semi-final tees up Novak Djokovic against young German star Alexander Zverev, just the second time they will have met. Given his two prior matches both went to three sets, it still shows that Federer hasn't been at his dominant best this week, even in quick conditions which should be to his liking.

Federer had to play catch-up in the tie break and said afterwards that he was relieved to avoid another three-setter.

"And where I was about four months ago and where I am today is quite an extreme opposite".

"I knew I had to step it up too, and I was able to do it, so it's a good feeling to have, no doubt about it".

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 37-year-old found himself an early break down before finding some rhythm on the fast surface of the Qizhong Forest Sports City Arena, but the 13th seed was playing tennis at an exceptionally high level - losing just five points on serve - as he held his own to seal the opening set in 34 minutes.

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He continued: 'Why are we here? Because if this is all there is, there has to be something bigger. "My whole being's changed". He spoke of experiencing "the worst possible thing that you could hear as a parent and maybe as a human being".

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In their absence, the team-management will have a chance to try out the likes of Umesh Yadav, Mohammad Siraj and Khaleel Ahmed. However, injuries to some players gave him an opportunity in the Asia Cup and he grabbed it with both the hands.

The 31-year-old from Serbia is in blistering form, winning Wimbledon, the Cincinnati Masters and US Open in recent months, after having elbow surgery in February.

Djokovic will be up to second in the world when the new rankings are released on Monday, but he is desperate to take injured Rafael Nadal's number one spot before the year is out.

Djokovic, who has won the last two Grand Slams, at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, is now world number three, but could move up a spot if he books a place in Sunday's final.

"I feel like I'm explosive out there, returning well", he added. "It's going to be definitely a close match".

As the Shanghai Masters continues, Saturday morning sees the semi-finals take place and back with his thoughts on the action is Dan Weston. Zverev is ranked fifth.

Friday's four favourites triumphed - an outcome which was around a [3.50] shot based on the prices available at the time of yesterday's preview, and I certainly don't see any reason to adapt my point of view that the matches were accurately priced by the market.

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