Del Potro bows out of Shanghai Masters due to injury

Del Potro bows out of Shanghai Masters due to injury

Del Potro bows out of Shanghai Masters due to injury

Roger Federer was beaten by Croatia's Borna Coric in the Shanghai Masters semi-finals but Novak Djokovic reached the final with a dominant victory, BBC Sport reports.

The 21-year-old played the whole match by relentlessly attacking neutral balls in baseline rallies to gain control.

When it moved to Masters 1000, which was the big plan - to make it a Masters 1000 - I was extremely excited because I also inaugurated the Stadium in 2005 so I feel very connected to the place and I love the tournament organizers who have been great friends of mine for a long time now, and I made them a promise that I will basically make Shanghai a priority and I will not miss out on it. "It's going to be definitely a close match".

Djokovic climbed to number two in the ATP rankings with his semi-final defeat of Alexander Zverev and this victory 24 hours later was his 18th in a row.

Reigning champion Roger Federer was pushed all the way for the second match in a row before beating Roberto Bautista Agut to squeeze into the Shanghai Masters quarter-finals yesterday.

A sublime backhand pass followed by a forehand victor sealed a break to love for Zverev in the fifth game of the second set, and he duly wrapped up victory with minimal fuss.

He had lost his only previous meeting with Zverev, in the 2017 Internazionali d'Italia final, and faced early pressure in this match as the youngster started strongly.

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Federer had to play catch-up in the tie break and said afterwards that he was relieved to avoid another three-setter.

"I did everything I meant to do on my end", the 31-year-old Serb, chasing his 32nd Masters title, said.

Zverev became the first German to seal a spot in successive years in the season-ending event since six-times Grand Slam victor Boris Becker (1994-96).

A win in Shanghai will add the 72nd trophy to Djokovic's total tally of career titles.

Djokovic, who has won the last two Grand Slams, at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, is now world number three, but could move up a spot if he books a place in Sunday's final.

A win on Sunday would deliver a fourth title for the season to Djokovic, beside Wimbledon and the US Open.

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