Novak Djokovic breezes past Alexander Zverev — ATP Shanghai

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Awaiting Djokovoic in the quarterfinal is 7th seed of South Africa Kevin Anderson, who saw off the 20-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets 6-4, 7-6 (1).

"It was one of the best matches I've ever played". "I was very happy with the beginning of the match, to be quite honest".

"I mean, my standard level nowadays is better than in the past year, that's for sure".

After a quick exchange of service holds to begin the second set with, it was Zverev who lost his cool once again. "I somehow got it done, so I was very pleased".

But in the ninth game of the deciding set, Federer made the breakthrough on his opponent's serve, pumping his fist as another hard-won victory loomed into view. Coric continued his nice run making his second career Masters semifinal behind a 7-5, 6-4 victory over Matthew Ebden. Coric beat Federer in the Gerry Weber Open final in June. "He served better. I think that's it", said Federer. There is still a lot more tennis going on till the end of the year. That decision backfired on him, with the Serbian riding high on his confidence and closing out the first game with an unreturnable serve.

Djokovic, a former World No. 1 and a three-time Shanghai champion, advances to his fourth final here after knocking out Zverev, world No. 5, reports Efe news.

"I knew I had to step it up too, and I was able to do it, so it's a good feeling to have, no doubt about it". I thought I had to be very aggressive from the baseline, the serving has to work well as well, so I'm very pleased with how it went. "Obviously I don't want to stop here".

"The conditions are very quick, so holding your serve comfortably is probably the key".

Alexander Zverev slides before playing a single-handed backhand to Novak Djokovic.

Federer's wife Mirka and their four children were in the arena and he said afterwards: "I'm not sure if they give me more courage fighting on court, but they were here today".

Rising star Zverev was similarly emphatic as he brushed aside Australian teenager Alex de Minaur, 6-1, 6-4. In these kind of conditions, everything happens so quickly, so I kind of have to be alert, in a way, and very focused from the very first point. However, that proved to be the biggest chance he will ever earn on the return throughout the entire match.

"I put it close to equal as a Grand Slam, actually".

Zverev was dismissed brutally in exactly one hour. "Just being a part of it, just playing there is already an honour itself".

"He's definitely at the highest level he's maybe ever been, or maybe equal to it".

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