Djokovic cruises past Coric to win fourth Shanghai title

Novak Djokovic upstages opponent Borna Coric by speaking perfect Mandarin in Shanghai

Novak Djokovic cruises past Borna Coric to win fourth Shanghai title

The 14-time Grand Slam victor spoke to Xinhua in an exclusive interview after the match, saying that the last three or four months have been "phenomenal", and his family has helped him to overcome adversity after the lackluster start to the season.

SHANGHAI-Novak Djokovic won a record fourth Shanghai Masters title with a 6-3, 6-4 win over 13th-seeded Borna Coric on Sunday.

"Federer used to be the best mover but now Djokovic is moving exceptionally well".

The 37-year-old further stated that he is now looking forward to the upcoming tournaments.

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

"He didn't give me many chances on his serve, and for me to stay with him, I should have maybe done a better job on my own serve. He served better", said Federer, proclaiming himself pleased nevertheless with his form.

"I don't think I played a match where I didn't get broken, so that's something a bit more unusual for me".

The 37-year-old also emphasised that this is not his last time playing Shanghai Masters.

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Both tournaments start a week before the season finale. 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.

Coric described Djokovic as a close friend.

"I could not ask for a better scenario", Djokovic said of his late surge to the summit of men's tennis.

Nadal will remain on top if the two players fall in the same round or if he goes deeper than the Serbian.

Celebrating his 1,000th match in style, the 14-time Grand Slam victor Djokovic was clinical against a shell-shocked Zverev.

With the 1000 points he garnered for winning the title, Djokovic would change places with Roger Federer as world number two. The last four months had been "fantastic" and "tremendous", he said. With his win over Coric in the Final, Djokovic now moves up a spot in the rankings to No. 2, taking the position away from Federer who falls to No. 3.

An increasingly exasperated Zverev issued more punishment to his racquet at 3-1 down in the second, earning a code violation and tossing the battered piece into the crowd.

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