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After beating Borna Ćorić to win the Shanghai Masters, Novak Djokovic is now much closer to the world number one ranking currently held by Rafael Nadal.
Borna Ćorić stunned Roger Federer to enter the Shanghai Masters final, where he will play against Novak Djokovic.
Novak Djokovic beat Alexander Zverev 6-2 6-1 in the Shanghai Masters semifinals.
The 37-year-old Federer was forced to battle through the first two matches of his title defence, first to Daniil Medvedev and then Roberto Bautista Agut.
The 31-year-old, who is now gunning for Rafael Nadal's number one ranking, says he is back close to the kind of blistering form that has brought him 14 Grand Slams.
The 21-year-old German fourth seed was ruthless as he took the first set in just 29 minutes although his 19-year-old opponent showed more fight in the second. a
Shanghai fourth seed Zverev, who departed the Beijing hardcourts by smashing his racquet, kept his cool this time to defeat on-form Basilashvili 7-5, 6-4 in 92 cagey minutes.
Djokovic, who received a first-round bye, could pass Roger Federer at number two in world rankings if he reaches Sunday's final.
Basilashvili's victory over an under-the-weather del Potro at the weekend was just his second ATP title, the first coming in Hamburg in July.
The 37-year-old Swiss has been carefully managing his schedule in recent years, cutting out the clay-court segment of the season since 2017 to wring the most out of his ageing body.