Djokovic wins Shanghai Open

Tanya Simon
October 18, 2018

Serbia's Novak Djokovic climbed one spot up to the second, after claiming the Shanghai Masters title for the fourth time in a row on Sunday, only 215 points away from Nadal's position, reports Efe news.

Awaiting Coric in the final is second seed Djokovoic after the three-time Shanghai Masters victor powered past fourth seeded Alexander Zverev of Germany 6-2, 6-1 earlier in the day.

Coric, the 13th seed, was chasing only the third title of his career and defeated top seed Federer in the semi-finals to underline his rich promise.

The 14-time grand slam champion has won Wimbledon and the US Open this year, but would rate heading into 2019 as the world number one as his greatest feat of the season.

Coric again battled well in the second set and saved three match points at 5-4, with Djokovic uncharacteristically smashing an overhead volley wide.

The Serbian former World No 1 continued his scintillating form in 2018, having emerged victorious in two Grand Slams (Wimbledon, US Open) and the Cincinnati Masters, in Shanghai to stretch his winning run to 18 games.

Djokovic has had a lot of luck playing in China over the years. "This was definitely one of the best service weeks that I've had in my career", Djokovic, who did not drop his serve during the tournament, said.

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"It's phenomenal. I'm very proud of it", Djokovic said. The last four months had been "fantastic" and "tremendous", he said.

"But for me serve was always, so to say, a hidden weapon, the shot in the game that is obviously very important, "the" most important".

Coric earned 600 points and $667,115 after contesting his fifth ATP World Tour final (2-3 record).

That was until, however, Djokovic made the breakthrough with a break in the seventh and ninth game to take the first set.

Djokovic broke to go ahead when the Croatian went long at the end of a rollercoaster sixth game and that was all the second seed needed to close out the opener.

"He was the much better player on the court". I think it was a really good week for me, from basically me thinking on Monday morning I'm going to fly out on Monday evening after my first match [against Stan Wawrinka] to playing my first Masters 1000 final.

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