Federer stunned by 13th seed Coric in Shanghai semis

Alexander Zverev is into the final four

Alexander Zverev is into the final four

Earlier in the day, three-times Shanghai champion Novak Djokovic extended his winning streak to 16 matches after beating South African Kevin Anderson 7-6 (1) 6-3, edging the Serb closer to the world number two ranking.

Coric was quick out of the blocks at the Qi Zhong Stadium as he broke in the opening game against the top seed and only lost five points on serve to clinch the first set in 34 minutes.

Federer takes to the court second on Saturday's schedule, which has a more pleasant feel to it from a start time perspective, with this starting at 1pm United Kingdom time, after Alexander Zverev versus Novak Djokovic, which begins at 930am.

The victor of the last two grand slams, Djokovic has been unstoppable in recent months and crushed Zverev 6-2 6-1 to set up a final meeting with either Roger Federer or Borna Coric.

That run includes titles at the US Open and Cincinnati Masters.

For this first match, Djokovic is a solid [1.37] favourite to make the final, and rather surprisingly for two top-five players, they've only had one previous meeting, which Zverev took on the clay in Rome past year without facing a single break point.

The Serb took little over an hour to swat aside Zverev, who previously hadn't dropped a set all week, to extend his winning sequence to 17 matches and overtake Roger Federer as world No.2 in the process.

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"I feel like I'm explosive out there, returning well", he added.

"But also he has improved a lot and he has established himself as a top player".

Zverev needed only one opportunity to break his opponent in either set as he became the fifth player to book his place at the season-ending ATP Finals in London.

The top four players in the world - Nadal, Federer, Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro - had already qualified for London.

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.

Zverev, now under the tutelage of Ivan Lendl, said he is pleased with his overall progress, even if a maiden Grand Slam remains elusive. "Every year you spend on tour, you feel kind of different", he said.

"It's always easier to get there - but then staying there is always the tougher part".

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