Novak Djokovic wins Shangai Masters and other match highlights:
- Djokovic won 6-3, 6-4
- This was a record fourth Shanghai Masters title for him
- He has overtaken Federer as World No. 2 with the win
Novak Djokovic wins Shangai Masters for the fourth time and continued his fine form this year. A dominant performance by the Serbian saw him sweep past BornaCoric in straight sets in the final to record an 18th consecutive win for himself since August. With the win, Djokovic replaces Roger Federer as world No.2. Federer had lost in the semi-finals of the Shanghai Masters.
Stunning Roger Federer in the semi-finals to reach his first Masters 1000 final, BornaCoric knew it would be an uphill task to defeat an inform Djokovic. With the real battle in front of him come the final, Coric stumbled at the last hurdle to hand over Djokovic the trophy with relative ease.
Dropping just four points on his serve in the first set, Djokovic demolished Coric 6-3. The second set saw some refreshing fighting spirit from Coric who was not going to let go of the biggest opportunity of his life so easily.
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Clawing back from a 3-0 deficit in the second set, Coric earnt a breakpoint a 3-2 in the summit clash. Giving it his all, he went onto save three championship points to break Djokovic and make it 5-4. Djokovic’s class outshone Coric eventually though, with the Serb going on to win his 26th straight set to win his fourth title of 2018.
It was a very good lesson today. I didn’t enjoy it as much, to be honest,” Coricsaid.“But now when I look back on it, it’s a very good lesson. I think I can learn a lot from this match. I’m going to look at it when I have some time off.”
The win crowned Djokovic as the most decorated player in the tournament’s 10-year history. Not just the Shanghai Masters, Djokovic loves playing on Chinese soil. He’s won all 11 finals he’s played in the country to secure four Shanghai trophies, six Beijing titles, and also the year-end Tennis Masters Cup in 2008. All that amounts to a superb 69-9 winning record in China for the player who now trails Nadal by just 35 points in the rankings.
“I couldn’t ask for a better scenario,” Djokovic said. “I am very close to Rafael Nadal in the rankings and I have put myself in a very good position for the last period of the year.
“We will see I am planning to play Paris and London and maybe another tournament before then. The game is working really well and ending a year as number one will definitely be the biggest achievement of this year.”
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