Djokovic untouchable in Shanghai

Djokovic untouchable in Shanghai

Djokovic untouchable in Shanghai

The 21-year-old Coric, who beat Federer in the Gerry Weber Open final in June and also on Saturday in the Shanghai semi-finals, was attempting to become the youngest champion at the Masters 1000 tournament, held at the Qi Zhong Stadium.

After the victory over the top seed, Coric enters into his first Masters 1000 final, which will also improve his ranking to the career high No. 15 next week.

Djokovic, who has returned to his brutal best this season with Grand Slam wins at Wimbledon and the U.S Open, will surpass Federer as world number two when the next edition of the ATP rankings are released on Monday.

Another mistake from Coric gave Djokovic the first game of the second set, but the Croatian fought back, particularly during a seemingly-endless third game that lasted 11 minutes, in which Coric saved four break points. Giving it his all, he went onto save three championship points to break Djokovic and make it 5-4. Coric, who has yet to win a set against Djokovic in three matches played, sailed a forehand wide to miss out on the rare opportunity.

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

Buy Your London Tickets Today View Latest ATP Race To London Standings No. 9 Kei Nishikori, +1 The Japanese star rose one place to ninth position, supplanting American John Isner, after he advanced to the Shanghai quarter-finals (l.to Federer).

Djokovic extended his winning streak to 18 matches and 32 times became the victor of the tournament masters.

It is almost two years since Djokovic topped the rankings and he has made it his mission to topple the injured Nadal before the year is out.

"Last year in this time obviously I was really struggling", Coric said.

"In the offseason I made a decision to change my whole team". 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.

"I started to be myself again on the court [and] playing [my] best tennis from the grass court season". 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. However, it all proved to be futile in the end, as the Serbian closed out the match in the following game.

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