Federer sets up Djokovic showdown in Shanghai semis

Fri Oct 10, 2014 10:51am EDT
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SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Two time champion Novak Djokovic thumped Spain's David Ferrer 6-4 6-2 to march into the last four of the Shanghai Masters on Friday and set up a semi-final showdown with third seed Roger Federer.

The Serbian world number one, who won the China Open title for a fifth time last week, hit 26 winners against the Spaniard's 11 to stretch his winning streak in China to 29 matches.

Djokovic took control early by breaking Ferrer's serve in the second game and then saved two break points at 5-4 to serve out the first set.

World number five Ferrer did not have another opportunity to break the top seed's serve and was broken twice in the second set as he lost his seventh consecutive meeting against Djokovic.

"Roger is one of the best players ever in the game," Djokovic told reporters. "There is no clear favorite. I think every time we play against each other, it's a thriller.

"It's really a big challenge for both of us. We need to bring our 'A' game in order to win."

Frenchman Julien Benneteau matched Federer shot for shot in the first set but the 17-times grand slam found a new level in the second to win 7-6(4) 6-0.

Federer converted three out of four break point opportunities in the second set to canter to victory.

The Swiss, who served 11 aces, won 91 percent of his first serve points and smashed 34 winners, double the number the Frenchman could manage.   Continued...

Roger Federer of Switzerland returns a shot during his men's singles match against Julien Benneteau of France at the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament in Shanghai October 10, 2014. REUTERS/Aly Song