First of all, Djokovic was beaten in three sets by Stefanos Tsitsipas, with the Greek man not even needing any of his rumoured "clutch" ability to get past Djokovic, generating seven break point chances to the Serb's solitary opportunity which saw him convert early in the opening set en route to taking a 1-0 lead.
"I don't think Roger Federer's game suits anybody to be honest".
"He will always make it tricky for you like he did today with me, and you always got to play your best tennis to have a chance", Zverev said.
It's been a disappointing week where not much has gone for us, and indeed not much has gone for the big names in the draw, with Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer dumped out on Friday by young players with ambitions to dethrone the elite duo eventually. In a quarterfinal match against Alexander Zverev at the Shanghai Masters, Federer hit a return volley into the net and was clearly frustrated.
But in making the last four in Shanghai, Stefanos Tsitsipas, 21, Alexander Zverev, 22, and the 23-year-olds Matteo Berrettini and Daniil Medvedev made a piece of history. It's Zverev who is the [1.68] favourite, and I don't make this hugely out of line. "It's exciting. They're great". It was an outstanding match between two elite players but Tsitsipas showed his quality to cause a major upset.
Seventh-ranked Tsitsipas blinked first, gifting set point when he shanked a forehand and then doing the same moments later to put the fourth-ranked Russian a set up.
Tsitsipas has now defeated Federer, Nadal and Djokovic in 2019. The most recent match between these two players was earlier in the season at the Monte Carlo Masters where Daniil Medvedev won in straight sets.
Tsitsipas smacked the ball out the court in a rage, before Medvedev sealed match in the 12th game of the second set.
Of the six finals he has now reached in that period, he has won two titles, in Cincinnati and St. Petersburg. The only time he lost a hard-court match after winning the first set was against Gael Monfils in Rotterdam.
Prior to Friday's match, Fognini said Medvedev was one of the most unsafe players to face. The head-to-head is obviously a great thing to have, but more importantly for me is it was a match to kind of maybe turn my year around a little bit, and the race to London is also very important.