Coric upsets Federer, will meet Djokovic for title
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.
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.
Top-seeded Karolina ●
Pliskova will be looking for her second title of the WTA’s Asian swing when she plays second-seeded Caroline Garcia in the Tianjin (China) Open final on Sunday.
Pliskova, playing on a wild card, needed only an hour to beat Timea Bascinszky 6-2, 6-1.
●Wang Qiang, the best Chinese women’s player in tennis with a ranking of No. 24, will play Ukrainian teen Dayana Yastremska for a third career title at the Hong Kong Open on Sunday.
Wang posted two upset victories by first finishing her rain-postponed quarterfinal against top-seeded Elina Svitolina and winning 6-2, 6-4. Then, Wang upset fourth-seeded Garbine Muguruza 6-7 (5), 6-4, 7-5.
● recovered from a disastrous first set against Andrea Petkovic at the Ladies Linz (Austria) tournament to reach her first final.
The Russian qualifier beat Petkovic 0-6, 6-4, 6-0 in their topsy-turvy semifinal. Alexandrova plays Camila Giorgi in Sunday’s final.
Peters wrecks Gragson to win: Timothy Peters won the Truck Series race at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway after spinning leader Noah Gragson out of his way on the final lap, then blocking traffic as he rushed to the checkered flag.
It was the 11th victory of Peters’ career and third at Talladega, the most wins at the Alabama track among Truck Series drivers.
Mick Schumacher, 19, ● son of seven-time F1 champion Michael Schumacher, secured the Formula 3 European Championship title on the final weekend in front of a home crowd at Hockenheim, Germany.
Texas guard out: Texas guard Andrew Jones fractured a toe in practice, and the school says there is no timetable for his return. Jones had rejoined the team following his diagnosis of leukemia, which occurred in January. He sat out most of last season while undergoing treatment.