(October 11, 2014) Roger Federer upset top player Novak Djokovic 6-4, 6-4 in the semis of the Shanghai Masters on Saturday to reach the final Federer’s win halts Djokovic’s 28-match win streak in China. Regardless of the outcome of the final between the Swiss and the Frenchman Gilles Simon, who defeated Feliciano Lopez 6-2, 7-6(1), Federer will move to No. 2 in in the rankings on Monday.
Federer played an aggressive serve-and-volley game against the Serb hitting 35 winners, winning 20 of 35 points at net.
“If you come to net, you have to be agile and explosive,” Federer said in press.
“I had it all today. I’m very happy that I’m feeling so good every single day.”
“He played a perfect match,” Djokovic said. “Definitely one of the best matches he has played against me, that’s for sure.”
“He’s playing as good as ever.”
Federer will be trying to capture his 23rd Masters 1000 events leads 4-2 head-to-head against Simon.
“I’m not going to come into the match and play terrible,” said Federer after his semifinal win. “It just won’t happen – not in the finals, not against Simon. That’s the confidence I have right now.”