Novak Djokovic upstages opponent Borna Coric by speaking ideal Mandarin in Shanghai

Novak Djokovic is within touching distance of Rafael Nadal's number one ranking after winning the Shanghai Masters with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Borna Coric on Sunday.

The 31-year-old Serbian needed one hour and 36 minutes to beat Coric, now world No. 19, who reached the final after beating the defending champion, Roger Federer of Switzerland, who in turn will fall to world No. 3 when the ATP rankings are released on Monday.

Coric, the 13th seed, was chasing only the third title of his career and defeated top seed Federer in the semi-finals to underline his rich promise.

With the 1000 points he garnered for winning the title, Djokovic would change places with Roger Federer as world number two.

Dropping just four points on his serve in the first set, Djokovic demolished Coric 6-3.

Djokovic holds an 11-0 overall record in finals played in China, where he also won the Beijing tournament six times and the 2008 year-end Tennis Masters Cup held in Shanghai.

When asked if he had a message for Nadal, Djokovic said with a smile on his face: "I will leave that to your creative spirit of journalism".

Zverev struggled from the start as he made a double fault in the first service game but he managed to recover his poise for a time. "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".

The red-hot 31-year-old has in recent months won Wimbledon, the Cincinnati Masters and the US Open, and he extended his winning streak to 18 ATP matches in a row in Shanghai.

"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".

"I thought I was actually playing really well", the Croat told the ATP. "I think it was a really good week for me".

Borna Coric comes out from the Rolex Shanghai Masters with a smiley and happy face. 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.

  • Stacy Allen