Federer's wife Mirka and their four children were in the arena and he said afterwards: "I'm not sure if they give me more courage fighting on court, but they were here today". Novak to me right now looks like the best player on the planet and looks like the guy who is dominating men's tennis.
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.
"He (Zverev) has improved a lot, and he has established himself as a top player", Djokovic said. "I felt the ball well", said Ćorić. The Croat defeated Matthew Ebden 7-5, 6-4. "I've always played him when he's playing well, but I'll hope I can take it to him". Federer was his usual aggressive best, smashing returns at Nishikori's feet and touching the lines with second-serve returns in their eighth FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting (Federer leads 6-2).
The 31-year-old Serbian is in imperious form and this was his 17th ATP victory in a row, as he taught rising German star Zverev a harsh lesson.More news: Andrew Benintendi is at Fault for Red Sox's 5th-Inning Meltdown
Zverev will next play second-seeded Djokovic in the semifinals.
The Swiss broke serve three times and recovered from 1/4 down in the second set tie-break to record his 39th match win of the season. Serving for the match at 5-4, Murray earned a match point, but Djokovic fought it off and evened up the set, eventually pushing it to a tiebreak, which would play like a mini-match of its own. But that helps me obviously when I have an opportunity to step in on a second serve or swing through in the baseline points.
It's going to require that plus more to stay there.' The Basel native also spoke about what he did after the US Open.