Federer stunned by 13th seed Coric in Shanghai semis

Super World Cup Novak Djokovic suggests creation of a new tennis event

Celebrating his 1,000th match in style, the 14-time Grand Slam victor Djokovic was clinical against a shell-shocked Zverev.

Three-time Shanghai Open victor Djokovic stormed past German Alexander Zverev 6-2 6-1 in Saturday's earlier semi and claimed the world number two ranking from Federer.

"So I'm happy about that", Federer said.

Friday's four favourites triumphed - an outcome which was around a [3.50] shot based on the prices available at the time of yesterday's preview, and I certainly don't see any reason to adapt my point of view that the matches were accurately priced by the market.

If I was forced to recommend a bet tomorrow, this would be it, but naturally it's hard to advocate a bet which I think is pretty accurately priced, so there are no recommendations for Saturday's semi-finals.

"It was the same length, actually, as all three of my matches went the same length basically, an hour and 52 (minutes)", Federer said. "That combination is plenty here in Shanghai with fast conditions".

Coric earned passage to the final by taking down the top-seeded Federer 6-4, 6-4 in the semifinals on Saturday. "I've always played him when he's playing well, but I'll hope I can take it to him".

However, Djokovic was gifted a break of serve when Zverev's level dropped alarmingly in the sixth game, and the three-time champion in Shanghai soon wrapped up the opening set in ruthless fashion. You need to direct the focus where it matters.

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The second seed is desperate to grab injured Rafael Nadal's year-end number one ranking.

By the time Zverev was 6-2, 3-1 down, his emotions got the better of him after he hit a routine backhand into the net.

Djokovic posted only nine unforced errors to 24 for Zverev.

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 did everything I meant to do on my end", the 31-year-old Serb, chasing his 32nd Masters title, said. He played his 1000th career match against Zverev, and holds an impressive 827-173 win-loss record.

Serbia's Djokovic, 31, is in imperious form, winning 16 ATP matches in a row coming into the clash with Zverev, a rising star of tennis.

The world No.2 was knocked out of the quarter-finals at the All England Club by Kevin Anderson, lost the Cincinnati Masters final to Djokovic and was stunned by Australia's John Millman in the fourth round of the US Open.

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