Since the beginning of the tournament in 2009, only four players have managed to win the title in Shanghai, with Nikolay Davydenko, Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer as the only who have lifted the trophy at the Qizhong Forest Sports City Arena.
That will all change on Sunday as both Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer lost their quarter-final matches on Friday, standing on a 13-0 tally in that stage in the previous ten years. Also, for the first time since Hamburg 1999, there are four players younger than 24 left in the title chase at one Masters 1000 event, with Alexander Zverev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Matteo Berrettini and Daniil Medvedev forging the most youthful Masters 1000 semi-final line-up since Monte Carlo 2009!
Four players born in the 90s are in the last four at this level of competition for the first time after taking out one of the most notable players of the Masters 1000 series and tennis in general in the last 15 years, proving their quality once again on the big tennis stage.
Stefanos Tsitsipas took down the four-time Shanghai champion Novak Djokovic 3-6, 7-5, 6-3, delivering an incredible level of tennis after that early break he suffered and toppling the defending champion who couldn't match the rival's numbers in the rest of the encounter.
Tsitsipas has secured the place at the ATP Finals and the defending champion Alexader Zverev is doing his best to join him there, ousting a former Shanghai winner Roger Federer 6-3, 6-7, 6-3, wasting five match points in the second set before bouncing back in the third to cross the finish line first and stay on the title course.
Another London contender Matteo Berrettini ousted Dominic Thiem in two tight sets, advancing into the first Masters 1000 semi-final and passing Roberto Bautista Agut for the eighth place in the ATP Race. The 3rd seed Daniil Medvedev has been the player to beat after Wimbledon, scoring 27 wins in the last 30 matches and reaching the sixth straight semi-final thanks to a straight-sets triumph over Fabio Fognini, completing the semi-final line-up that contains four young stars who should fight for the biggest titles of our sport in the years to come.