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Ruthless Djokovic sets up Zverev clash in Shanghai semis

AFP  |  Shanghai 

will face in the semi-finals of the Masters after the 14-time Grand Slam champion beat 7-6 (7/1), 6-3 on Friday.

saved set point in the opener before taking control of the tie break and the second set to dump out the South African seventh seed in efficient fashion.

The 31-year-old from is in sparkling form, winning Wimbledon, the Masters and in recent months, after having in February.

The second seed is homing in on injured Rafael Nadal's year-end number one ranking.

will meet Zverev on Saturday after the rising star defeated to reach his first Masters semi-final.

The fourth seed's 6-4, 6-4 victory over the 11th-seeded Briton also seals his place in the season-ending ATP Finals in next month, which bring together the top eight men.

top seed and defending champion plays Kei Nishikori in the quarter-finals later on Friday.

The top four players in the world -- Nadal, Federer, Djokovic and -- had already qualified for Zverev is ranked fifth.

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First Published: Fri, October 12 2018. 15:35 IST