Djokovic Meets Coric For Shang­hai Ti­tle

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - BUSINESS AGRO | BUSINESS - By Ja­cob Akindele

NO­VAK Djokovic booked his place in to­day’s fi­nal with a quick 6/1; 6/2 vic­tory over Alexan­der “Sascha” Zverev of Ger­many, in just 59 min­utes. In the other match-up, top seeded Roger Fed­erer could ex­tend his nar­row mar­gin of ca­reer wins over Borna Coric of Croa­tia.

Sascha was a shadow of the player who had blasted his way in pre­vi­ous rounds. The only ace de­liv­ered was by Zverev but he had a low per­cent­age on first serves. Djokovic, how­ever, made 33 of 46 first serves and won 26 points on the suc­cess­ful de­liv­er­ies. Zverev reg­is­tered only 19 first serves on 34 at­tempts and won just 10 of the points.

With such a poor day on serv­ing, the Ger­man star faced six breaks points and saved only two. He did not have a sin­gle break point op­por­tu­nity on Djokovic’s serve. The win­ner tal­lied 51 out of 80 points of the match while Zverev had 29.

The Shang­hai Rolex Mas­ters event has been a mis­sion of re­venge for Djokovic. In the pre­ced­ing match, he re­tal­i­ated for his quar­ter­fi­nal loss to Marco Cecchi­natto in the French Open in June.

That close up­set by the Ital­ian, with the scores of 6/3; 7/6 (4); 1/6; 7/6 (11) was a low ebb of his year, when he said he did not know where he was headed next. How­ever, he pro­ceeded to win the Grand Slams in Lon­don and in New York.

Also, the semi-fi­nal en­counter in Shang­hai was Djokovic’s sec­ond ca­reer meet­ing with Zverev who de­feated him 6/4; 6/3 for the 2017 Rome Mas­ters ti­tle.

In the other semi-fi­nal match, Croa­tia’s Borna Coric de­feated Roger Fed­erer 6-4 6-4 in the Shang­hai Mas­ters. The 20-time Grand Slam cham­pion will be re­placed by Djokovic as world num­ber two to­mor­row.

The out­come of the Shang­hai Mas­ters would not af­fect Rafael Nadal, who perches above all oth­ers with 8,260 rank­ing points. If Djokovic wins the ti­tle, he would still be in third place be­hind Fed­erer who started the week with 6900 points and al­ready has added 250 points just by reach­ing the semi-fi­nals.

Hat-trick hero, Odion Ighalo (sec­ond left) cel­e­brates with com­pa­tri­ots dur­ing the CAF AF­CON Group E qual­i­fier at the Godswill Ak­pabio In­ter­na­tional Sta­dium in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, yes­ter­day.

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