Djokovic rel­ish­ing Shang­hai Masters semi-fi­nal against Zverev

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No­vak Djokovic said that he was rel­ish­ing fac­ing “top player” Alexan­der Zverev in to­day’s semi­fi­nals of the Shang­hai Masters, just the sec­ond meet­ing be­tween them.

The 14-time Grand Slam cham­pion beat Kevin An­der­son 7-6 (7/1), 6-3 yes­ter­day to set up the tasty last-four clash.

Djokovic saved set point in the opener be­fore tak­ing con­trol of the tie break and the sec­ond set to dump out the South African sev­enth seed in ef­fi­cient fash­ion.

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.

The sec­ond seed is hom­ing in on in­jured Rafael Nadal’s year-end No 1 rank­ing.

Djokovic and Zverev met on clay at the Rome Masters in May last year, the 21-year-old Ger­man win­ning the ti­tle with a 6-4, 6-3 vic­tory.

Djokovic said they were “both dif­fer­ent play­ers” now.

“I wasn’t – I feel like – play­ing as well as I’m play­ing to­day,” he warned.

“But also he has im­proved a lot and he has es­tab­lished him­self as a top player.

“It’s go­ing to be def­i­nitely a close match.”

A ris­ing star touted as a po­ten­tial fu­ture mul­ti­ple Grand Slam win­ner, fourth seed Zverev eased past Kyle Ed­mund to reach his first Shang­hai semi­fi­nal.

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