Fed­erer, Coric, Zverev, Djokovic ad­vance

Richmond Times-Dispatch Weekend - - SCOREBOARD -

Al­though Roger Fed­erer fi­nally won a match in straight sets at this year’s Shang­hai Masters, it didn’t save him any en­ergy.

The de­fend­ing cham­pion reached the semi­fi­nals Fri­day by beat­ing eighth-seeded Kei Nishikori 6-4, 7-6 (4). His first two matches both went three sets.

Fed­erer, a two-time cham­pion in Shang­hai, will next face 13th-seeded Borna Coric. The Croat de­feated Matthew Eb­den 7-5, 6-4.

Ear­lier, fourth-seeded Alexan­der Zverev se­cured a spot in next month’s ATP Fi­nals with a 6-4, 6-4 quar­ter­fi­nal win over Kyle Ed­mund.

Zverev will next play sec­ond-seeded No­vak Djokovic in the semi­fi­nals. The Wim­ble­don and U.S. Open cham­pion de­feated sev­enth-seeded Kevin An­der­son

7-6 (1), 6-3.

Karolina Pliskova and Timea Bac­sin­szky won Fri­day at the Tianjin (China) Open, and they will next face each other in the semi­fi­nals. The top-seeded Pliskova beat Katie Boul­ter 5-7, 6-0, 6-3. Bac­sin­szky up­set fourth-seeded Aryna Sa­balenka 7-6 (2), 7-6 (5). Sec­ond-seeded Caro­line Gar­cia ad­vanced to the semi­fi­nals when sixth-seeded Pe­tra Mar­tic re­tired with an ab­dom­i­nal in­jury while trail­ing 6-2, 1-0.

Top-seeded Elina Svi­tolina was close to bow­ing out of the Hong Kong Open when rain dis­rupted the quar­ter­fi­nals. Sixth-seeded Wang Qiang was lead­ing Svi­tolina 6-2, 5-2, and serv­ing at 15-30, when their match was sus­pended un­til Satur­day. Zhang Shuai knocked out sev­enth-seeded Daria Gavrilova 6-1, 6-3.

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