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No droomfinale Djokovic-Federer in Shanghai: Swiss surprisingly back in half-final battle

Novak Djokovic (ATP 3) has his ticket for the final of the Masters 1.000 tournament in Shanghai (hard/7.086.700 dollar) bite. The Serb knocked the German Alexander Zverev (ATP 5) Saturday in the semi-finals in two quick sets, 6-2 and 6-1. The match lasted 1 hour and 1 minute. Borna Coric (ATP 19) placed themselves at the expense of the Swiss Roger Federer (ATP 2) for the final battle.

The Croatian defeated Federer, the first seed and defending champion, twice 6-4. The match lasted 1 hour and 14 minutes. Federer won the Shanghai Masters twice, in 2014 and 2017, but will be there this year so no new triumph to add.

For the 31-year-old Djokovic is the fourth time that he is in Shanghai place for the final showdown. The previous three times (in 2012, 2013 and 2015) and he was always successful. The 21-year-old Coric, has already won two ATP titles. This year, he was the best in the German Halle, in 2017, he won in Marrakech. Djokovic won so far both mutual duels.

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