Djokovic wins a record fourth Shanghai Masters title

Kristopher Nichols
October 15, 2018

The Wimbledon and U.S. Open champion, who is looking to win a record fourth Shanghai title, defeated seventh-seeded Kevin Anderson 7-6 (1), 6-3.

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

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. He has won all three of his previous finals in Shanghai.

Djokovic, who has been particularly dominant on his serve, not dropping one service game in Shanghai, said: "I think you're seeing the new Novak".

The 21-year-old Coric said that he had no complaints about losing to "one of the best in the history of tennis". "I wouldn't be surprised, to be honest, with the way I feel here and the way I communicate and have relationship with the people". "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, and I have had plenty of success with first serves and high percent of first serves in every match".

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

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Djokovic broke to go ahead when the Croatian went long at the end of a rollercoaster sixth game and that was all the second seed needed to close out the opener.

Coric rallied and found the winning shot with a flicked cross-court forehand to enter his third senior final and his first at Masters level. I was not serving particularly well, but that's also because I think he was returning extremely well.

"That then plays a role for the rest of the season, and that's it, I still don't know. But I will play tennis next year, yes", he said.

The world number five - who beat 14-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic in their only previous meeting, a year ago in the Rome Masters final - recovered his poise for a time.

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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