Fed­erer stunned by 13th seed Coric in Shang­hai semi­fi­nals

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“I feel like I’m explosive out there, re­turn­ing well,” he added.

“Serv­ing, I think, it’s okay, could be even a lit­tle bit bet­ter.

“I don’t think I played a match where I didn’t get bro­ken, so that’s some­thing a bit more un­usual for me.”

In con­trast, Coric – who is into his first Masters 1000 fi­nal – was largely un­trou­bled on his serve.

Fed­erer won the Aus­tralian Open at the start of this year but has had a medi­ocre sea­son by his sky-high stan­dards.

He ex­ited the US Open in the last 16 at the hands of un­her­alded Aus­tralian John Mill­man, ranked 55th, and only made the quar­ter­fi­nals at Wim­ble­don.

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.

Ruth­less Djokovic

Cel­e­brat­ing his 1,000th match in style, the 14time Grand Slam win­ner Djokovic was clin­i­cal against a shell-shocked Zverev.

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

Djokovic will be up to sec­ond in the world when the new rank­ings are re­leased on Mon­day, but he is des­per­ate to take in­jured Rafael Nadal’s num­ber one spot be­fore the year is out.

The Serb, who had el­bow surgery in Fe­bru­ary but re­cov­ered to win Wim­ble­don and then the US Open last month, said, “Be­ing num­ber two af­ter this tour­na­ment is also a great achieve­ment, con­sid­er­ing the first four, five months of the year and con­sid­er­ing I had the surgery.

“And where I was about four months ago and where I am to­day is quite an ex­treme op­po­site.”

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