Borna Coric, Novak Djokovic reach final of Shanghai Masters

Alexander Zverev is into the final four

The 31-year-old from Serbia is in sparkling form, winning Wimbledon, the Cincinnati Masters and US Open in recent months, after having elbow surgery in February.

Croatia's Borna Coric produced a masterful display of power-hitting to stun holder Roger Federer 6-4 6-4 in the Shanghai Masters on Saturday and will face Novak Djokovic in the final. He squandered a first break point by firing a forehand into the net, but claimed the advantage on his second chance when his opponent shanked an bad forehand long.

Edmund, 23, ranked 14th in the world, took a tight first set, serving an ace to win the tie-break.

Federer will play eighth-seeded Kei Nishikori, a finalist in Tokyo last week, in the quarterfinals.

"It was one of the best matches I've ever played".

He is desperate to take injured Rafael Nadal's number one spot before the year is out, and on this evidence, he will.

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"Because in November I do not want to play tennis anymore", the world number five said, speaking at the Shanghai Masters after beating Georgia's hard-hitting Nikoloz Basilashvili.

In other matches, fourth seeded German young star Alexander Zverev beat Alex De Minaur of Australia 6-1, 6-4 to join the last eight, but his compatriot Alex De Minaur crashed out to Matthew Ebden 6-2, 6-3. From the beginning of their match, Federer's shot-making was below-par as he missed often on straightforward points or after long rallies, in which Coric was superb.

Coric, who defeated Federer in three sets at the Halle Open final in June, earned a break in the opening game of both sets on Sunday to wrap up the victory with an excellent forehand pass after 73 minutes. Earlier in the day, the third seed needed just 71 minutes to ease past Britain's Kyle Edmund 6-4, 6-4, firing 23 winners and booking his place at the year-end ATP Finals in the process. He played the Laver Cup in Chicago defeating the Australian Nick Kyrgios and the American John Isner in singles matches, but '[I] have also had some rest.

But he had fulsome praise for Djokovic, saying: "He's probably the best player in the world right now". "He had a lot more chances than me".

'You are always trying to stay centered and balanced.

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