'New' Djokovic wins Shanghai to close on world no.1 Nadal

Kyle Edmund

However, Djokovic was gifted a break of serve when Zverev's level dropped alarmingly in the sixth game, and the three-time champion in Shanghai soon wrapped up the opening set in ruthless fashion.

The second seed beat 21-year-old Coric 6-3 6-4 in one hour and 37 minutes to claim his fourth Shanghai title.

Quizzed by reporters about his plans for next year, the 20-time Grand Slam victor - fresh from losing to 13th seed Borna Coric of Croatia - showed a flash of irritation.

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 victory means Djokovic is now just 35 points behind Nadal in the race to end the year as world No.1 and 215 points behind the Spaniard in the official rankings.

Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates after defeating Borna Coric of Croatia in their men's singles final match in the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament at Qizhong Forest Sports City Tennis Center in Shanghai, China, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018.

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The 21-year-old, now ranked 19th, will enter the top 15 of the ATP rankings for the first time after he competes against Novak Djokovic in Sunday's final.

"I didn't enjoy it as much, to be honest", Coric said.

But he made a slow start against Coric, ranked 19 in the world, getting broken in the first game. "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". "I hope to see you next year", Ćorić said after the match.

The second set followed a similar pattern with Coric reaching his first ATP Masters final with...

Novak Djokovic will face a familiar opponent in today's Rolex Shanghai Masters final, but not the one he was perhaps expecting. 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.

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

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