Shanghai Masters: Borna Ćorić beats Roger Federer to reach the final

Djokovic dazzles but Del Potro feels the strain in Shanghai

The Croatian stunned the 20-time Grand Slam champion 6-4, 6-4 in what was an unusually error-strewn performance from Federer.

Top seed and defending champion Roger Federer returned to form to beat Japan's Kei Nishikori 6-4, 7-6 (4) and reach the Shanghai Masters semifinals on Friday.

About an eventual final again against the Swiss Roger Federer, who instead lost to Borna Coric 6-4 6-4, Novak Djokovic had said: 'If I get to play Roger, I mean, that would be, so to say, a ideal final for this tournament that everybody was anticipating in a way.

Novak Djokovic lined up a potential title showdown with Roger Federer after dismantling a shell-shocked Alexander Zverev 6-2, 6-1 on Saturday to surge into the Shanghai Masters final.

But he made a slow start against Coric, ranked 19 in the world, getting broken in the first game. Dominic Thiem, who lost his opening match this week, is in second place with 48 match wins this season.

Tomorrow's conditions - a rather quick hard court - is somewhat different, and I feel that their one and only head to head clash has zero relevance towards this match-up. "I basically didn't care, and that's why I played so good".

In contrast, Coric - who is into his first Masters 1000 final - was largely untroubled on his serve.

A win on Sunday would deliver a fourth title for the season to Djokovic, beside Wimbledon and the US Open.

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The world number five - who beat Djokovic in their only previous meeting, a year ago in the Rome Masters final - recovered his poise for a time.

"I'm just cherishing that achievement and every moment spent on the court". His first two matches both went three sets.

A remarkable run of 29 victories in 31 matches, that began on the grass of Queen's Club in mid-June, has Novak Djokovic close to reclaiming the world No 1 ranking from Rafael Nadal.

But he put Nishikori under the cosh immediately, breaking the eighth seed in the first game of both sets, though the Japanese did well to recover and force a second-set tie break.

After falling 3-1 down, the German angrily smashed his racquet - earning a code violation - before throwing it into the crowd.

Federer takes to the court second on Saturday's schedule, which has a more pleasant feel to it from a start time perspective, with this starting at 1pm United Kingdom time, after Alexander Zverev versus Novak Djokovic, which begins at 930am.

"I did everything I meant to do on my end", the 31-year-old Serb, chasing his 32nd Masters title, said.

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