Fed­erer, Djokovic, Zverev ad­vance at Shang­hai Masters

Malta Independent - - Sport -

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.

"It was the same length, ac­tu­ally, as all three of my matches went the same length ba­si­cally, an hour and 52 (min­utes)," Fed­erer said. "So you see, two sets some­times doesn't tell the truth."

Fed­erer fin­ished the match with 10 aces and landed an impressive 71 per­cent of his first serves. He went up a break at the start of the sec­ond set, but then trailed 4-1 in the tiebreaker.

"I was happy to get out in two," Fed­erer said. "I some­how got it done. I think I can be very happy with my level of play this week."

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

"He's re­ally im­proved his game, step­ping up into the court, goes for his shots more than he used to," Fed­erer said of Coric. "He good in de­fense now, he has a tran­si­tion game now, and a solid serve. I've al­ways played him when he's play­ing well, but I'll hope I can take it to him."

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 is the fifth player to qual­ify for the sea­son-end­ing tour­na­ment in Lon­don, join­ing Fed­erer, Rafael Nadal, No­vak Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro in the eight-player field.

"Ob­vi­ously it's great to fi­nally of­fi­cially make it and ob­vi­ously be part of the eight best again, which is an elite group, which is kind of the goal for ev­ery­one at the begin­ning of the sea­son," Zverev said.

Zverev will next play sec­ond­seeded Djokovic in the semi­fi­nals. The Wim­ble­don and U.S. Open cham­pion, who is look­ing to win a record fourth Shang­hai ti­tle, de­feated sev­enth-seeded Kevin An­der­son 7-6 (1), 6-3.

Zverev won his only en­counter against Djokovic in the 2017 Rome fi­nal.

"It was a dif­fer­ent sur­face," Djokovic said of their pre­vi­ous match. "I wasn't, I feel like, play­ing as well as I'm play­ing to­day.

"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."

An­der­son had a chance to take an early lead against Djokovic but he over­hit a fore­hand on set point in the 12th game of the match. Djokovic didn't give the South African an­other op­por­tu­nity.

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