Federer, Djokovic Edge Closer To Shanghai Final; Zverev Secures ATP Finals Berth

by Staff | October 12th, 2018, 9:04 pm

On a day when all four quarterfinal matches were decided in straight sets, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic moved one step closer to a Sunday final showdown in Shanghai.

After two straight 3-set matches, the defending champion Federer needed only two sets today against Kei Nishikori with a 6-4, 7-6(4).

“It was a tough match. Obviously Kei hogs the baseline much more than Medvedev did or also what did. I think it was a different type of match,” said Federer who improved to 6-2 against the Japanese star. “I was very happy with the beginning of the match, to be quite honest. I played quite great there. Then the second set was key moments who was going to play a little bit better. Kei really tried to step it up one more time. I somehow got it done, so I was very pleased.”

Federer will meet Borna Coric in his semifinal on Saturday. Coric continued his nice run making his second career Masters semifinal behind a 7-5, 6-4 victory over Matthew Ebden.

Federer beat Coric this year in the Croat’s only previous Masters semifinal appearance at Indian Wells and leads overall 2-1. But Coric won a nailbiter most recently in Halle in June.

“He’s also really improved his game, stepping up in the court and hitting through the shots more than what he used to,” Federer said of Coric. “I think it’s going to be tough. He’s good in defence. He has a transition game now too, and he’s got a solid serve. He’s had a good tournament here again. I have always played him when he’s playing well.”

The second semifinal will pit the red-hot 3-time winner Novak Djokovic against Alexander Zverev. Djokovic ran his win streak to 16 straight after beating Kevin Anderson 7-6(1), 6-3 in a rematch of their Wimbledon final.

“I faced one [break point] today, and it was a set point,” said Djokovic. “I managed to pull through that one, and I haven’t lost too many points on my serve. So I think that’s a part of my game that maybe is undervalued in a way. But that helps me obviously when I have an opportunity to step in on a second serve or swing through in the baseline points.

“The conditions are very quick, so holding your serve comfortably is probably the key.”

Zverev advanced to his first Shanghai semifinal upending Kyle Edmund 6-4, 6-4. He won the only prior meeting with Djokovic in the Rome final.

“He has improved a lot, and he has established himself as a top player,” said Djokovic of Zverev. “It’s going to be definitely a close match. I think, quite similar in style of the play to today’s match. Kevin is a big server, big hitter from the back of the court, really aggressive, tall. Sascha is similar to that. In these kind of conditions, everything happens so quickly, so I kind of have to be alert, in a way, and very focused from the very first point. Try to get as many serves back in play as I have done today. I thought I returned well, and that was probably one of the keys of the match.”

The win by Zverev also put him into the ATP Finals.

“I put it close to equal as a Grand Slam, actually. It’s probably one of the most prestigious events that we have, because to get there, you have to be one of the best eight players in the world,” Zverev said of qualifying. “Just being a part of it, just playing there is already an honour itself. It’s close to, or it’s maybe equal to winning a Grand Slam, and I think other players will tell you the same thing, because just to be there, you obviously play well throughout the whole year.”

CENTER Starts At 1:30 Pm
3 Lukasz Kubot/Marcelo Melo v 2 Oliver Marach/Mate Pavic
Not Before 4:30 Pm
4 Alexander Zverev v 2 Novak Djokovic
Not Before 8:00 Pm
1 Roger Federer v 13 Borna Coric

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29 Comments for Federer, Djokovic Edge Closer To Shanghai Final; Zverev Secures ATP Finals Berth

Margot Says:

Nole “back to his best” and looking unstoppable, just squashed Sascha, who was not playing badly, either.

FedExpress Says:

Nole has been in some form.

FedExpress Says:


Zverev played garbage. Utter garbage.

J-Kath Says:

ChrisFord 1:

Well, I got that one right…Novak won.
..as there seems to be some debate re. quality of Sasha’s performance – it really doesn’t matter – Novak is unstoppable at the moment….

Margot – glad to see you’ve still got electricity – BBC weather report seems to suggest much of Wales is flooded etc.

Margot Says:

FedExpress, don’t think he did at all. First few games hewas getting the better of Nole in the base line rallies and he played many excellent points. Trouble was he couldn’t string them together. And he did get thoroughly demoralised in the 2nd set.
However, you are discounting how well Nole played. Yes,he was his old brick wall but also he was moving so well and anticipating so well, that was very impressive.

jatin Says:

Coric playing well, serving really well

jatin Says:

Hope fed could break back now. He is playing well, just not getting enough changes on Coric’s serve.

jatin Says:

Great set by Coric.
Hope fed could find a way

Margot Says:

Now Borna The Bod taking it to Fed, out serving him and out hitting him from the base line.
Haven’t seen Fed play this tournament but read he was very good against Kei. Can he not maintain form these days?

jatin Says:

Fed has to mix it up more.

jatin Says:

Coric is too good today

Giles Says:

The djerk is still doing that boob thingy! Pfffffft

Van orten Says:

Coric likes to play Federer . Let’s see how he serves tomorrow v djoker ..

kiedas Says:

you know djokovic is playing good tennis when both federer and nadal dont want to play him anymore

nice to see nadal taking care of his knee “injury” cleaning mud

Daniel Says:

Coric becoming a “problem” for Fed now. Let’a see next time theu play.

Djoko set for Masters 32nd, just 1 shy of Nadal, where he can tie in Paris.

Also a wins will virtually give him the year end #1 for a fifth time. He will trailing Nadal less than 50 pts wit Paris and WTF to go (and he may even play Viena to steal #1 in official ranking).

Nadal still recovering and Djoko plays better Paris and WTF than him. Djoko also hasn’t lost a set all week, he knows what is at stake.

Ronn Says:

And once again, Federer “loses” so he can avoid getting crushed like a cockroach by Djoko. This is disgusting- tanking matches so he can keep the h2h with Djoko respectable. Did the same thing at the USO by throwing the match against Millman so the h2h should be 22-26 now. Disgusting, disgusting, disgusting…

FedExpress Says:

Ronn, just stfu.

And Coric deserved the win. No excuses. Fed never got going. Coric too good.

Humble Rafa Says:

Got this from the Arrogant Nation.

Today was a good loss, just like any other loss. Lot of positives to take away. The no name guy that the Arrogant One played today played okay, so some credit to him.

Absolutely, no thoughts about retirement at this stage. I am thinking of playing the 2040 Olympics actually.

chofer Says:

Coric is an updated version of Guillermo Cañas, whose game ALSO troubled Roger when he was indisputably number one.

Watch it out on youtube.

Humble Rafa Says:


No need to bring in an old doper into the discussion.

chris ford1 Says:

J-Kath Says:

ChrisFord 1:

Well, I got that one right…Novak won.
Yeah, I just wish it would have been Fed facing Novak in the Final. It is my favorite rivalry ever and I worry they won’t play one another many more times.

Shame Andy is done for the year but it would be wonderful if he can follow Djokovic and come back strong after a tough mental test and medical rehab situation. Andy will be playing at the Australia Open, as you likely know, and may be back in top form shortly after that

Coric is coming along well. Novak was big on Coric a few years back, predicted future big things from Borna and practices with him regularly. Djokovic is, as you said, near unstoppable again. But I like Coric’s play – not just fast and physical – but a very good shotmaker for someone his age. It’s his 1st Masters 1000 Final. There will be more, I think.

Joshua Says:

Coric stunned FedEx, now needs to follow up that with another upset of Nole. That’s a difficult feat to pull, the curse for players in this era of Big-3.

Nole will beat him. In straights.

chofer Says:

Un-Humble Rafa

I bring here whoever I want whenever I want. It’s an open forum, see? He was not “doped” when he won against Federer. Funny you’re saying that since Rafa is also accused of same from the actual “roofers”.

chofer Says:

I think Djokovic wins in straights, too. “Physical games” he can handle those.

It’s telling Borna has so many injuries with that sculpted physique. I think he uses his muscles more than any other player out there (including Rafa) I had a friend who used to play satellites who was that way. So skinny as early teenager, hit the gym and never came back. He retired in his early 20s because persistent hip and knees injuries. His physio said too many weight-lifting was in detriment of aerobic capacity, hence had to run more than he was able to and make a bigger effort to get to every ball. Obviously, he was also an indefatigable baseliner. Cañas had the same problem. Ferrer, on the contrary, don’t have that muscular frame. And see how long he has played.
I like Borna. I’m just relating things. I’m suspect he will last that longer.

chofer Says:

“That long”, I meant.

J-Kath Says:

ChrisFord 1:
Yes, would have been interesting to have a Nole vs. Fed. As for Coric, I recall him saying Nole was his favourite player and he hoped to replicate Nole’s style and strengths – Coric was also dismissive re. Andy in 2017 (so hope Andy comes back strong and spanks him for that)!!! Andy’s first “warm up” match is end Dec. this year – inshallah!

jatin Says:

Very Entertaining match so far.
Coric going toe to toe with Novak.

Margot Says:

Chofer: the same can be said about Kei,a slight frame initially,put on loads of muscle and now, unendingly injured.

Daniel Says:

Djoko on fire. He won 4 of the last 5 big tourneys: Wimby, Cincy, USO and Shangai only missing Canada where he lost a close one ot Tisisipas.

Now back at #2 tomorrow, within 35 pts from Nadal in ATP race.

Will play for ATP #1 in Paris or if he decides on Viena as Fed did in Rotteedam when he achieve #1. Seems inevitable now with his form.

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