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Djokovic wins a record fourth Shanghai Masters title | AP sports

Novak Djokovic says it's difficult even for him to be always healthy Novak Djokovic upstages opponent Borna Coric by speaking perfect Mandarin in Shanghai
Noah Ferguson | 18 October, 2018, 07:44

Federer had suffered a shocking 4-6, 4-6 defeat at the hands of Coric denying himself a second consecutive Shanghai Masters title.

Having put on a stellar display to best Roger Federer in the semi-finals, Coric was never a match for the red-hot Serb, with the latter racing to a 4-2 lead within 25 minutes, with the average rally length for the first six games being just six shots.

With the win, Djokovic replaces Roger Federer as world No.2.

The 14-time Grand Slam victor spoke to Xinhua in an exclusive interview after the match, saying that the last three or four months have been "phenomenal", and his family has helped him to overcome adversity after the lackluster start to the season.

The victory means Djokovic is now just 35 points behind Rafael Nadal in the race to end the year as world number one.

Djokovic's winning run includes victory at the Cincinnati Masters in August, which saw him become the first player to win all nine Masters 1000 tournaments.

"This was definitely one of the best service weeks that I've had in my career".

"Obviously the last three, four months have been terrific for me", Djokovic said.

Djokovic is most renown for his incredible defensive skills but he has shown another side to his game this week by going the whole tournament without being broken. I didn't enjoy it as much, to be honest", Coricsaid."But now when I look back on it, it's a very good lesson. Emotionally they helped me a lot when I had the surgery. "I was playing good, really, I was really happy with how I played", the 13th-seeded Coric, who had heavy strapping on his thigh and had been troubled by a stiff neck ahead of the biggest match of his career, said.

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.

During the week in China's commercial capital city, the expected Djokovic/Federer finals did not materialize after the top seeded players had been beaten in earlier rounds.

After winning the Shanghai title, Djokovic flagged the sneaky possibility of playing in Vienna or Basel next week.

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

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