The Swiss tennis player Roger Federer you will not be able to defend your title 1,000 Masters of Shanghai (China), eighth of the season and which is played on hard court, after falling in the semifinals against the Croatian Borna Coric (6-4, 6-4), who will face for the trophy with the Serbian Novak Djokovic, who defeated the German Alexander Zverev (6-2, 6-1) and that after the tournament will snatch the Swiss number two from the world.
Basel, first seed of the event, gave in less than an hour and a quarter of a game without having even enjoyed a 'break' ball in favor. His defeat, combined with the victory of 'Nole', will cause him to descend to the third step of the ATP ranking on Monday.
Thus, the two legs of the meeting were reproduced identically, with break against in the first game for Federer. If in the first set neither of the two players had to face more break balls, the Swiss did have to defend two in the fifth and seventh games of the second.
In this way, Coric will play its first Masters 1000 final – his top so far were the semifinals of Indian Wells – against Djokovic, who has imposed himself in the two previous duels in the circuit against the Croatian, in the Masters 1,000 of Madrid 2016 and Montecarlo 2018.
The Serbian, second seed and that has not yet lost any set in the tournament, easily resolved his semifinal against the number 5 of the ATP ranking, the German Alexander Zverev (6-2, 6-1), in a duel in which he did not have to face any break ball against. With this victory, the one in Belgrade is guaranteed to leave the luxurious Chinese city as number 2 in the world.
In just one hour of play, the Balkan tennis player sealed in the match 1,000 of his career (827-173) his seventeenth consecutive win, and will fight for his fourth title of the year, after those achieved in Wimbledon, Masters 1,000 from Cincinnati and US Open. If he raises his fourth crown in Shanghai he will be only 35 points behind Rafael Nadal in the ranking.
'Nole', very comfortable on the hard Asian track, had to wait until the sixth game to seal his first 'break', which allowed him to link four consecutive games won to take the first set. Already in the second set, two new breaks, the last of them in a last game where he wasted a 40-0 to the deuce, they were enough to advance to the final.