Novak Djokovic reaches final of Shanghai Masters

Shanghai Masters Day Seven: Federer again unlikely to win easily

The 37-year-old will next face Croatian power-hitter Borna Coric, who dumped Australia's Matthew Ebden out of the tournament 7-5 6-4.

Cape Town - Serbia's Novak Djokovic reached the Shanghai Masters semi-finals after beating South Africa's Kevin Anderson in straight sets on Friday.

"I knew I had to step it up too, and I was able to do it, so it's a good feeling to have, no doubt about it".

Djokovic held the advantage to seal the victory and set up a semi-final clash with Germany's Alexander Zverev, who became the fifth singles player to qualify for November's ATP Finals with a 6-4 6-4 win over Kyle Edmund.

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.

The 20-times Grand Slam victor has produced a series of lacklustre performances in Shanghai, his first tournament since suffering a shock fourth-round defeat by John Millman at the U.S. Open last month.

The second seed is desperate to grab injured Rafael Nadal's year-end number one ranking.

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.

Djokovic, who endured a turbulent last season with injury and off-court issues, said they were "both different players" now. "It's going to be definitely a close match".

He will jump a spot to No 2 in the world if he reaches the final in Shanghai.

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

The third-ranked Djokovic taught Zverev a lesson.

About his co-operation with Ivan Lendl, Zverev added: 'We are still working together.

"It means a lot because I have kind of played only the biggest tournaments", Zverev said.

'There is a lot going on you don't get to see on the inside but most of the time I learn to control the emotions'.

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

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