Roger Federer beats Nishikori to set-up Djokovic battle

File photo of Roger Federer of Switzerland. Photograph:( Reuters )

Reuters Paris, France Nov 03, 2018, 12.33 PM (IST)

Roger Federer made quick work of Kei Nishikori at the Paris Masters on Friday (November 2) with a comprehensive 6-4, 6-4 win.

The Swiss star's win moves him a step nearer to winning his 100th career title, but he has to defeat an old nemesis in the form of Serbia's Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals.

Djokovic, who will return to world number one next week, had to overcome a nagging flu and formidable examination from Marin Cilic.

The Croat took the first set and was a break up in the final set, but Djokovic fought back to take the match 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.

Federer, in stark contrast, was hardly stretched at all in despatching Nishikori, beating the Japanese for a sixth straight time while not dropping serve.

He did, though, offer a few glimpses of his very best, which will be needed to beat Djokovic in their 47th meeting on Saturday (November 2).

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Djokovic, who will return to world number one next week, had to overcome a formidable examination from Marin Cilic.