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Djokovic wins Shanghai Masters

16 October 2018

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.

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.

The Swiss 20-time Grand Slam champion, who will be replaced by Djokovic as world number two on Monday, lost 6-4 6-4 to Coric.

Djokovic and Zverev met on clay in the final of the Rome Masters in May last year, the 21-year-old German winning 6-4, 6-3.

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Coric, the 13th seed, upset Roger Federer in Saturday's semi-finals to reach his first Masters 1000 final.

Coric, who defeated Federer in three sets at the Halle Open final in June, earned a break in the opening game of both sets on Sunday to wrap up the victory with an excellent forehand pass after 73 minutes.

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. Djokovic, chasing his 72nd career ATP title, will play either top seed Federer or Croatian Borna Coric in the final.

Federer's wife Mirka and their four children were in the arena and he said afterwards: "I'm not sure if they give me more courage fighting on court, but they were here today". Nishikori broke back but Federer served out the set to love.

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Speaking in Shanghai, the 31-year-old Djokovic said there was "confusion" with the two competing events coming so close together and being so similar. He's bidding to win a record fourth Shanghai title this week.

He is backing instead of the rival ATP World Team Cup, set to take place weeks later at the start of the 2020 season in Australia.

A win on Sunday would deliver a fourth title for the season to Djokovic, beside Wimbledon and the US Open.

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Djokovic wins Shanghai Masters