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Roger Federer suffers shock defeat to Borna Coric in Shanghai semifinal

14 October, 2018, 03:30 | Author: Candice Daniels
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And that could happen as soon as November 5, assuming he wins tomorrow's final against either Federer or Borna Coric and then progresses further than Nadal at the upcoming Paris Masters.

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.

Coric, who has only two career titles to his name, has now beaten Federer twice - the previous time was in the final at Halle this year.

Novak Djokovic produced a dominant display to thrash Alexander Zverev to reach the Shanghai Masters final and claim the world number two ranking.

The 31-year-old Serbian is in imperious form and this was his 17th ATP victory in a row, as he taught rising German star Zverev a harsh lesson.

From the beginning of their match, Federer's shot-making was below-par as he missed often on straightforward points or after long rallies, in which Coric was superb.

Coric was quick out of the blocks at the Qi Zhong Stadium as he broke in the opening game against the top seed and only lost five points on serve to clinch the first set in 34 minutes.

"It's great to finally officially make it and again be a part of the best eight, which is an elite group", the 21-year-old said.

The Wimbledon and U.S. Open champion, who is looking to win a record fourth Shanghai title, defeated seventh-seeded Kevin Anderson 7-6 (1), 6-3.

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I'm ready for whatever challenge is across the net.' Federer will now play the Swiss Indoors in Basel and then ATP Finals in London.

"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.

Djokovic will be up a place to second in the world - overtaking 20-time Grand Slam champion Federer - when the rankings are released on Monday. Coric won 84% first serve points to reach his maiden Masters 1000 final and book a fascinating clash against the Serb Novak Djokovic.

"Today, really, I just came on the court with absolutely no pressure".

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.

That run includes titles at the US Open and Cincinnati Masters.

Djokovic posted only nine unforced errors to 24 for Zverev.

"I must say I felt overall actually pretty good".

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