Djokovic relishing Shanghai Masters semi-final against Zverev
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.