Federer, Coric, Zverev, Djokovic advance
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.