Novak Djokovic sees off Borna Coric to close gap on Rafael Nadal

Florence Fletcher
October 15, 2018

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 will decide as early as next month whether to return to clay-court action next year, the Swiss great said on Saturday (Oct 13), after losing his Shanghai Masters semi-final.

The 14-time Grand Slam champion has been imperious all week and barely offered a sniff to the 19th-ranked Croatian, a good friend and sometime-training partner. He has won all three of his previous finals in Shanghai. Roger Federer used to be the best mover in the game, now Djokovic is the best.

He called it a "weird" match and said he was never close to his best. "There is something special about this place that makes me feel like at home". I love watching him play. I think it was a really good week for me, from basically me thinking on Monday morning I'm going to fly out on Monday evening after my first match [against Stan Wawrinka] to playing my first Masters 1000 final.

"I am just very pleased with that part of my game and with the overall results".

"I found it and I'm just trying to hold on to it as long as I can".

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The second set followed a similar pattern and, while Coric improved, he was unable to deny Djokovic a fourth Shanghai Masters title.

That was until, however, Djokovic made the breakthrough with a break in the seventh and ninth game to take the first set. "I've always played him when he's playing well, but I'll hope I can take it to him".

"I was really happy how I played". "I didn't know what to do exactly".

Having completed a remarkable comeback that not many, including himself, wouldn't have foreseen, Djokovic has now set his sights on the year-ending number one spot, which he had last achieved in 2015.

There was no let-up, though, and a sublime volley had Djokovic cupping an ear to the crowd as Coric failed to break back, the contest finally settled as the 14-time grand slam victor served out the championship.

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