Federer fires to join Djokovic in Shanghai semis

Kyle Edmund

The Serb is on a 15-match winning streak, which includes title runs at Cincinnati and the US Open.

He awaits defending champion and top seed Roger Federer or Borna Coric of Croatia.

In the second set, Nisshikori recovered to fight from 1-3 behind force a tie-breaker, but the net cord gave favour to the 20-time Grand Slam victor in the decisive moment.

"But also I think and I hope that there will be a larger discussion between the players to understand how we are going to approach these two competitions".

The second seed is homing in on injured Rafael Nadal's year-end number one ranking. "I wasn't, I feel like, playing as well as I'm playing today".

Serbia's Djokovic, a 14-time Grand Slam champion, beat the German world number five 6-2 6-1 in just over an hour.

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But he put Nishikori under the cosh immediately, breaking the eighth seed in the first game of both sets, though the Japanese did well to recover and force a second-set tie break.

Coric, who defeated Federer in three sets at the Halle Open final in June, earned a break in the opening game of both sets on Sunday to wrap up the victory with an excellent forehand pass after 73 minutes. "I was telling myself, particularly tonight I can not do this (lose) because they were there, but I don't know how much I draw from that, quite honestly".

After the match, Federer admitted he had no answer to Coric's quality on serve.

Earlier, fourth-seeded Alexander Zverev secured a spot in next month's ATP Finals with a 6-4, 6-4 quarterfinal win over Kyle Edmund. Many top players have skipped the Davis Cup in recent years to ease their schedule, and Zverev expects that trend to continue even with the new format, which was supposed to attract more of the star names. However, some gutsy play and a couple big serves from Djokovic would force a tiebreaker, where it all unravelled for Anderson as he notched up 32 unforced errors by the end of the match.

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

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