Djokovic cruises past Coric to win fourth Shanghai title

Oct 15, 2018, 14:10
Djokovic cruises past Coric to win fourth Shanghai title

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 20-time Grand Slam victor and reigning champion Federer plays 13th seed Borna Coric of Croatia in Saturday's other semifinal. The 21-year-old Coric, who won the Halle title on grass earlier this year, fell to 2-3 in career finals.

Djokovic will be up a place to second in the world - overtaking 20-time Grand Slam champion Federer - when the rankings are released on Monday.

Red-hot Djokovic has now been victorious in 18 ATP matches in a row and in recent months won Wimbledon, the Cincinnati Masters, the US Open and now Shanghai.

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

"The success in the last three to four months has been terrific to me".

"I did everything I meant to do on my end", the 31-year-old Serb, chasing his 32nd Masters title, said.

And Coric, a semi-final victor against Roger Federer, lost all composure at the start of the second, sending a simple volley well wide of an open court to hand Djokovic another break.

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"I think I can learn a lot from this match".

But he made a slow start against Coric, ranked 19 in the world, getting broken in the first game.

The second set followed a similar pattern and, while Coric improved, he was unable to deny Djokovic a fourth Shanghai Masters title. "I think I can be very happy with my level of play this week".

Djokovic holds an 11-0 overall record in finals played in China, where he also won the Beijing tournament six times and the 2008 year-end Tennis Masters Cup held in Shanghai. 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.

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The 37-year-old will next face Croatian power-hitter Borna Coric, who dumped Australia's Matthew Ebden out of the tournament 7-5 6-4.

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