Djokovic strolls into Shanghai semis, sets up Federer clash


Two-time champion Novak Djokovic thumped Spain’s David Ferrer 6-4 6-2 to march into the last four of the Shanghai Masters and stretch his winning streak in China to 29 matches.

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 and set up a semi-final meeting with Roger Federer.

Djokovic took control early in the match 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.

Federer moved into the last four with a 7-6(4) 6-0 win over Julien Benneteau.