Published: Thu, October 18, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Djokovic hails family after Shanghai win

Djokovic hails family after Shanghai win

The 31-year-old Serbian needed one hour and 36 minutes to beat Coric, now world No. 19, who reached the final after beating the defending champion, Roger Federer of Switzerland, who in turn will fall to world No. 3 when the ATP rankings are released on Monday.

He is now 20-6 at Masters 1000 tournaments this year - second only to Zverev (22-7) for most match wins - and also won Western and Southern Open silverware in August with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Federer to become the first player to capture all nine Masters 1000 titles since the tournament series was established in 1990.

The 31-year-old Djokovic didn't drop serve all week - a total of 47 service games - and moves above Roger Federer into the world No. 2 spot after Monday's updated rankings.

The 14-time Grand Slam champion broke the 19th-ranked Croatian - a good friend and sometime-training partner - in the sixth game of the first set on the way to another no-nonsense victory.

The final started out evenly matched until mistakes from Coric, 21, saw Djokovic up 4-2 less than half an hour into the first set, which he sealed after 38 minutes.

Spanish great Nadal, who was not in Shanghai or Beijing last week because of a knee injury, will be just 215 points ahead of Djokovic in the race to finish as year-end number one.

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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. Not many holes in the game in general, especially this week. After his triumph at the Rolex Shanghai Masters, Djokovic said: 'I can not have asked for a better scenario.

Djokovic has had a lot of luck playing in China over the years. Very rarely you can see me taking in the practice or in the matches or not caring in the practice.

"I'm just happy with the whole week".

Djokovic overtook Switzerland's Roger Federer in the standings, pushing him down to third.

"I started to be myself again on the court [and] playing [my] best tennis from the grass court season".

"It was a ideal week; I don't have anything negative to say about the game".

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