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It's Federer vs Djokovic at Shanghai Masters

Shanghai: World No 1 Novak Djokovic will face Roger Federer in the semi-finals of the Shanghai Masters after both eased to quarter-final victories yesterday.

Novak Djokovic
World No 1 Novak Djokovic

Defending champion Djokovic beat David Ferrer 6-4, 6-2 while Federer overcame French veteran Julien Benneteau 7-6 (7/4), 6-0.

Roger Federer
Roger Federer. Pic/AFP.

Djokovic and Federer have met 35 times in their careers with the Swiss star edging their rivalry by 18 wins to 17. Federer’s exploits in Shanghai have already ensured he will overtake Rafael Nadal as World No 2 on Monday and Djokovic is relishing the prospect of another clash.

Djokovic told atptour.com: “Roger is one of the best players ever in the game. There is no clear favourite. I think every time we play against each other it’s a thriller. It’s a really big challenge for both of us. We need to bring our A game in order to win.”

Frenchman Gilles Simon continued his fine week by dispatching sixth seed Tomas Berdych 7-6 (7/4), 4-6, 6-0. Simon will next face Spanish veteran Feliciano Lopez, who came from behind to beat Russian Mikhail Youzhny 5-7, 6-4, 6-4.

Shanghai Masters: Bopanna-Mergea in semis
Rohan Bopanna and his Romanian partner Florin Mergea advanced to the semi-finals of the ATP Shanghai Rolex Masters with a shock win over fourth seeds Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo, here yesterday.

The unseeded Indo-Romanian pair recorded a 6-4, 3-6, 10-7 win over the Croat-Brazilian pair in the quarter-finals of the USD 6,521,695 hardcourt event.

This is Bopanna’s best show at ATP Masters this season. He reached quarters at the Canada and Monte Carlo events with Aisam-ul-haq Qureshi. -- PTI

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