Shanghai Masters 2018: Borna Ćorić beaten in the final

Oct 15, 2018, 14:10
Shanghai Masters 2018: Borna Ćorić beaten in the final

Novak Djokovic continued his superb form by beating Croatia's Borna Coric in the final of the Shanghai Masters.

Coric, who knocked out Juan Martin del Potro and Roger Federer en route to his first ATP Masters series final, matched Djokovic in the early exchanges as the two players traded blow-for-blow on serve.

The Serb grabbed the opening set with a hold to love, having dropped just four points on his serve overall.

Celebrating his 1,000 match in style, the 14-time Grand Slam victor was clinical as he lined up a potential title showdown on Sunday with reigning champion Roger Federer.

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Djokovic, who has won the last two Grand Slams, at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, is now world number three, but could move up a spot if he books a place in Sunday's final. Roger Federer used to be the best mover in the game, now Djokovic is the best.

"The game is working really well and ending a year as number one will definitely be the biggest achievement of this year".

"It's great to finally officially make it and again be a part of the best eight, which is an elite group", the 21-year-old said.

"I felt even if I was serving a little bit better, he'd still return my serves, so there is nothing I can do".

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The win means that Djokovic will return to No.2 in the ATP world rankings when they are published later this month, with the possibility of reclaiming his No.1 sport now in sight. "I was saying before that I have never played on faster courts here in Shanghai, so this year more than ever I needed a lot of success with the first serves in".

The second set followed a similar pattern with Coric reaching his first ATP Masters final with... Obviously the last three, four months have been terrific for me. An increasingly exasperated Zverev issued more punishment to his racquet at 3-1 down, earning a code violation and tossing the battered piece into the crowd.

Djokovic surprisingly let three match points go begging at 5-1 40-0, but took his fourth chance to wrap up the most emphatic of victories in exactly an hour.

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