Shanghai Rolex Masters 2018: Djokovic vs. Coric Set After Roger Federer Upset

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistOctober 13, 2018

SHANGHAI, CHINA - OCTOBER 13:  Novak Djokovic of Serbia hits a return against Alexander Zverev of Germany  during their Singles - Semifinals match of the 2018 Rolex Shanghai Masters at Qi Zhong Tennis Centre on October 13, 2018 in Shanghai, China.  (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)
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Novak Djokovic secured his place in the final of the 2018 Shanghai Rolex Masters on Saturday as he beat Alexander Zverev in the semi-final.

Djokovic eased past the German in straight sets, taking the match 6-2, 6-1 in an hour.

He'll take on Borna Coric in Sunday's final after he upset Roger Federer with a straight-sets win, in which the 20-time Grand Slam winner failed to earn a single break point.

                                 

Semi-Final Results

(2) Novak Djokovic bt. (4) Alexander Zverev, 6-2, 6-1

(13) Borna Coric bt, (1) Roger Federer, 6-4, 6-4

                           

The opening game of Djokovic's match with Zverev quickly established a pattern that would repeat throughout the contest:

Zverev had won their only previous meeting in Rome last year, but he repeatedly made costly errors on Saturday, and Djokovic took full advantage.

The decisive game in the opening set came with Zverev serving to level proceedings at 2-3. The German practically gave away a break to Djokovic, making three unforced errors—including a wayward volley and a wide forehand—and a double-fault.

That game put the Serb 4-2 up, and he quickly wrapped up the first set from there.

The second set came even easier than the first, with Zverev taking just one game off the No. 2 seed.

Tennis commentator and writer Jose Morgado shared the damning numbers at the end of the match:

For Djokovic, the match was the 1,000th of his professional career, and he'll scarcely have had an easier victory.

He'll enter Sunday's final without dropping a single game on his own serve in the entire tournament, and he'll face Coric after he stunned Federer for the second time this year.

The decisive breaks for Coric in both sets came in their opening game.

The Croatian quickly earned three break points at the start of the first set and converted at the third opportunity to put Federer on the back foot from the outset.

The 21-year-old also did an excellent job of restricting the Swiss maestro's ability to fight back:

Federer almost earned a break point soon after, but he could only direct a volley into the net.

Coric broke in the opening game of the second set, this time thanks to an unforced error from the 37-year-old, and once again he held firm to see out the match.

Sports writer Tumaini Carayol was impressed:

He'll need to be just as good or better to get past Djokovic, though.

Per Morgado, the Serb is enjoying a 17-match winning streak and has not dropped any of his last 24 sets, so it will take a monumental effort from Coric to come out on top.

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