Novak Djokovic: 'I was not sharp. Credit to Stefanos Tsitsipas'

Novak Djokovic eased past John Isner at the Shanghai Masters

Novak Djokovic is bidding for a fifth Shanghai Masters title following wins in 2012 2013 2015 and 2018

Daniil Medvedev reached a staggering sixth final in a row as he defeated fellow rising star Stefanos Tsitsipas at the Shanghai Masters on Saturday.

Tsitsipas, who stunned Novak Djokovic a day earlier, falls to 0-5 against Medvedev.

"Positions have changed a little bit so I think I can contest him right now". "He was backing up his serve with really good, aggressive first shots in the rally", Japan Open victor Djokovic told reporters.

Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece reacts as he plays against Daniil Medvedev of Russian Federation in their men's singles semifinals match at the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament at Qizhong Forest Sports City Tennis Center in Shanghai, China, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019.

He said: "The five match points I had in the second set - them going away and still knowing I can win in three sets is very important, especially against someone like Roger because normally he doesn't let go of these kind of matches".

Of the six finals he has now reached in that period, he has won two titles, in Cincinnati and St. Petersburg. "At that point you're halfway home anyway, but I defended well, attacked well, hit some great shots, came back and then also the tie-break was tough the whole time", Federer said.

"The most important thing is to keep it going as long as I can". "Today I actually felt the most comfortable among the other times that I played against him".

Fourth-seeded Dominic Thiem of Austria beat No. 15 Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-3, 6-4 and next faces 11th-seeded Matteo Berrettini.

Meanwhile, Roger Federer saved five set points in the first set as he scrambled to a 7-6 (7), 6-4 win over 13th-seeded David Goffin and advanced to the Shanghai Masters quarterfinals.

"It's something I could never have dreamed of", the world number four said of his sixth final on the trot. "I hope it's just going to be a good match tomorrow".

Sadly for us, having sided with Federer on the game handicap, he was also deservedly beaten by a lower ranked player with Alexander Zverev generating eight break point chances on Federer's serve, converting four, en route to his own 2-1 victory.

In an interview with AFP last month in Zhuhai, southern China, the world number seven gave an insight into the mindset which propelled him to those victories.

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