Djokovic reaches Shanghai final
World number two Novak Djokovic was in dominant form as he beat Tomas Berdych in straight sets to reach the Shanghai Rolex Masters final.
The Serbian broke early in each set and, despite a brief dip in form when 5-1 up in the first, he eased to a 6-3 6-4 win in an hour and 26 minutes.
World number one Roger Federer or Great Britain's US Open champion Andy Murray await in the final, with the pair facing off later on Saturday for the right to take on Djokovic on Sunday.
Berdych started uncertainly on his serve and was punished as Djokovic broke to lead 2-0, before consolidating with a stylish hold.
The Czech finally found a couple of big serves to get himself on the board, but errors saw him broken for a second time in game six, although he hit back to prevent Djokovic serving out the set at the first attempt.
He forced him to do so again after holding from deuce and went 0-30 up with a superb forehand return winner, but Djokovic levelled with two good serves. Berdych forced break point with a ferocious passing shot, but sent two overly aggressive forehands long to finally give Djokovic a set point, which he took.
Djokovic broke dominantly in the third game of the second set and took his lead to 4-2, though Berdych missed an opportunity at 30-30 when he sent a passing shot long having opened the court up.
Fourth seed Berdych was angered by a line call as he was taken to deuce in the next game, but recovered his composure to hold serve.
Djokovic was left to serve the match out at 5-4 and he did so emphatically, to love.
Djokovic was pleased with his performance. "Obviously it's a big challenge when you play a Top 10 player," he told the ATP Tour website.
"Tomas is in great form the past couple of months. He's always a difficult player to play against on any surface because he has a very powerful serve and great forehand.
"I played tactically right. I was putting a lot of returns into the court, putting a lot of pressure on his serve. On the other hand, I was serving well when I needed to."
Berdych admitted he was unable to cause Djokovic too many problems.
"He's a great player," said . "I think just the game that he plays, it's not the one that suits my game that much.
"I like to play quite aggressive. But this doesn't hurt him that much so it's much more difficult for me to play him.
"He's the second player in the world, chasing for the first place. It's really tough to find the way and have a positive record with him."