Shanghai (China): Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic defeated Croatia's Borna Coric 6-3, 6-4 on Sunday to claim a record fourth Shanghai Masters title, closing in on the world No. 1 spot in the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) rankings now held by Spain's Rafael Nadal. At this stage, he only has 3 titles to his name, compared to 6 in 2017. Conversely, Coric had one breakpoint to save and failed, which handed Djokovic a 4-2 lead after which he served pout the set with little drama.
However, since then, his season has unraveled pretty fast. Djokovic has won all their three career meetings; starting with the second round in both Madrid 2016 and Monte Carlo in 2018.
"I found it and I'm just trying to hold on to it as long as I can".
Coric, who had his right thigh wrapped throughout the match, saved three match points on his own serve in the ninth game of the second set.
However, Rusedski took time to hail Djokovic's incredible movement on court and even claims he is now better than 20-time Grand Slam victor Federer.More news: Clashes as Indian temple prepares to accept women
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"I couldn't ask for a better scenario".
No. 11 Borna Coric, +10 The Croatian soared 10 spots to No. 11 in the ATP Race To London as a result of contesting his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final at the Rolex Shanghai Masters (l.to Djokovic). "I don't think I'm beating anyone with that, to be honest", said the fourth seed. I thought I was playing actually really well, which is in that moment not good because if I play bad, okay, I know I need to start playing better, need to change something. With the real battle in front of him come the final, Coric stumbled at the last hurdle to hand over Djokovic the trophy with relative ease.
Caroline Garcia won her first title of the year as the French player defeated Karolina Pliskova to edge a nervy Tianjin Open final on Sunday.
Juan Martin del Potro, meanwhile, has fractured his right patella bone in what the Argentine called "a hard blow that leaves me without strength". Novak Djokovic (Serbia) 7,445 3.
Garcia was down, 1-5, in the first set tiebreaker before she rebounded.