Novak Djokovic crushes Alexander Zverev to make another Shanghai final

Kyle Edmund

"I wasn't, I feel like, playing as well as I'm playing today".

Coric finished off Federer in style with the final two points an ace and a sizzling forehand crosscourt victor.

"I was making him play always an extra shot", Djokovic said.

"I think all the top guys will say the same thing". The Croat defeated Matthew Ebden 7-5, 6-4.

But he had fulsome praise for Djokovic, saying: "He's probably the best player in the world right now". I managed to pull through that one, and I haven't lost too many points on my serve. The 31-year-old from Serbia is in sparkling form, winning Wimbledon, the Cincinnati Masters and US Open in recent months, after having elbow surgery in February.

To some observers, the ATP's "Big 4" finally became official in 2012 when Andy Murray joined his peers Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal as a Grand Slam champion after winning the US Open over Djokovic.

The victory earns Djokovic a final four clash with Alexander Zverev.

Zverev, who qualified for the ATP Finals with his quarter-final win over Kyle Edmund, was unable to stem the tide and his frustration got the better of him after he was broken again early in the second set.

The 20-times Grand Slam victor has produced a series of lacklustre performances in Shanghai, his first tournament since suffering a shock fourth-round defeat by John Millman at the U.S. Open last month.

The 37-year-old edged past his Spanish opponent 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 in a closely fought match that lasted one hour and 52 minutes.

The Swiss broke serve three times and recovered from 1/4 down in the second set tie-break to record his 39th match win of the season. He played the Laver Cup in Chicago defeating the Australian Nick Kyrgios and the American John Isner in singles matches, but '[I] have also had some rest. "There's a lot of positives to take from my matches this week". But that helps me obviously when I have an opportunity to step in on a second serve or swing through in the baseline points. "I think it's going to be tough".

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