Roger Federer sweeps aside Kei Nishikori to set up Novak Djokovic clash

Roger Federer sweeps aside Kei Nishikori to set up Novak Djokovic clash

Federer has won this tournament only once, back in 2011, and has not played here since 2015.

Chasing his 100th career title after winning the Swiss Indoors last Sunday, the 20-time Grand Slam champion was hardly troubled.

When in more peril at break point down at 3-3, he delivered an unbelievable game-saving backhand at full stretch, which perhaps helped break Cilic's spirit as he squandered the next game before succumbing in two hours and 11 minutes.

Makes everything look easier. "But nevertheless I think I've got nothing to lose", Federer said. "Unreal power, fight, attitude", Sousa said of Nadal.

"It was a big challenge. (The) Perfect combination." Three-time ATP champion and former world No. 28 Sousa also underlined the importance of being mentally strong in today's tennis. "I won the match, but if he won it, it would have been absolutely deserved".

Djokovic, who will return to world No.1 next week, had his personal best winning sequence of 30 consecutive sets ended as Cilic played nearly flawlessly aggressive tennis to draw first blood in a magnificent duel.

"I'm just pleased to be in the semis and I know I can play better".

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Khachanov, at 22 another of the sport's brightest prospects, took ruthless advantage of the 21-year-old German's physical struggles as Zverev, battling with shoulder trouble, needed a medical time out in the first set at 4-1 down. "I was kind of going up and down". At times tonight I was playing really well.

It was also Djokovic's 21st consecutive win since losing to Stefanos Tsitsipas in the third round of the Rogers Cup in August.

But that only prompted the four-time Paris champion to increase his focus and produce some supreme play to turn the tide and extend his winning record to 16-2 over Cilic after two hours and 11 minutes. "It means a lot for me because I didn't do too well in the previous years in this part of the season".

Djokovic, 31, also won the only prevoius meeting between the two at the Paris Masters, a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 victory in the 2013 semifinals.

Saturday's other semi-final will feature Austrian sixth seed Dominic Thiem against unseeded Russian Karen Khachanov.

"I told him my shoulder is hurting and that his uncle, or something, that he's going a bit insane", Zverev said.

Cilic and Thiem sealed the last two spots for the season-ending ATP Finals in London, starting on November 11.

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