Coric up­sets Fed­erer, fac­ing Djokovic next

The Times Herald (Norristown, PA) - - SPORTS -

SHANG­HAI >> Borna Coric up­set de­fend­ing cham­pion Roger Fed­erer to face No­vak Djokovic in the Shang­hai Masters fi­nal on Sun­day.

Coric earned pas­sage to the fi­nal by tak­ing down the top-seeded Fed­erer 6-4, 6-4 in the semi­fi­nals on Satur­day.

“It was one of the best matches of my life,” Coric said.

Coric said neck pain al­most caused him to skip play­ing in Shang­hai.

“To­day, re­ally, I just came on the court with ab­so­lutely no pres­sure. I ba­si­cally didn’t care, and that’s why I played so good.”

The Croa­t­ian gave him­self a third ca­reer shot at Djokovic. In their pre­vi­ous meet­ings, Coric failed to take a set off of Djokovic.

The soon-to-be-No. 2-ranked Djokovic booked a fi­nal ap­point­ment af­ter crush­ing No. 5 Alexan­der Zverev 6-2, 6-1. Coric fin­ished off Fed­erer in style with the fi­nal two points an ace and a siz­zling fore­hand cross­court win­ner.

— The As­so­ci­ated Press

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