Published: Mon, October 15, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Federer stunned by 13th seed Coric in Shanghai semis

Federer stunned by 13th seed Coric in Shanghai semis

Novak Djokovic revealed that he may have been born a China man in a previous life and he proved it by speaking fluent Mandarin after winning the Shanghai Masters.

The 31-year-old Serb will also overtake Federer for the No.2 spot in the ATP rankings after claiming a 17th consecutive win in his 1000th senior contest.

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 previously shared the record of winning three Shanghai titles with Andy Murray.

But he had fulsome praise for Djokovic, saying: "He's probably the best player in the world right now".

"It is phenomenal. I am very proud of it", he said.

"I feel like I'm explosive out there, returning well", he added.

"I'm just cherishing that achievement and every moment spent on the court".

"But for me serve was always, so to say, a hidden weapon, the shot in the game that is obviously very important, "the" most important".

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

"We will see I am planning to play Paris and London and maybe another tournament before then".

"Serving, I think, it's okay, could be even a little bit better".

Zverev, who qualified for the ATP Finals with his quarter-final win over Kyle Edmund, was unable to stem the tide and his frustration got the better of him after he was broken again early in the second set.

Anderson had a chance to take an early lead against Djokovic, but he overhit a forehand on set point in the 12th game of the match.

"I had to reinvent myself and find, you know, (a) proper formula for success".

This was a fourth Shanghai crown for Djokovic and he is homing in on a return to number one, having fallen as low as 22nd in May as he struggled following elbow surgery in February.

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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