Coric Stuns Federer to set up Djokovic Final in Shanghai

Roger Federer turfed out of the Shanghai Masters semifinals on Saturday, going down 4-6 4-6 to Borna Coric in an unusually error-strewn performance.

The 21-year-old Coric will face Novak Djokovic in Sunday’s final after the Serb thrashed Alexander Zverev 6-2, 6-1, leapfrogging Federer to No 2 in the world rankings.

Federer has not been at his best all week, dropping sets in the two opening matches of his wobbly title defence.

The 37-year-old top seed was more like his old self on Friday, defeating eighth seed Kei Nishikori in two high-quality sets.

But he made a slow start against Coric, ranked 19 in the world, getting broken in the first game.

There was a subtle shake of the head when Federer similarly lost his serve at the start of the second set.

“I thought he was better, I think he had more punch on the ball. He served better,” said Federer, proclaiming himself pleased nevertheless with his form.

In contrast, Coric – who is into his first Masters 1000 final – was largely untroubled on his serve.

Coric, who has only two career titles, has now beaten Federer twice – the previous time was in the final at Halle this year.

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