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Novak Djokovic says it's difficult even for him to be always healthy Shanghai Masters: Novak Djokovic beats Borna Coric to extend winning run
Shannon Reynolds | 18 October, 2018, 06:29

That was the warning shot fired by the "new" Novak Djokovic after the Serb, who displaces Swiss Roger Federer as world No. 2 today, lifted his fourth Shanghai Masters title with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Croatia's Borna Coric.

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.

Djokovic has now won 18 matches in a row, in a streak that runs back to the Rogers Cup that took place in August.

The 14-time Grand Slam champion cruised through the first set, dropping just four points on his serve.

She instantly put her opponent under pressure by forcing two break points in the opening service game, eventually breaking Wang to go 4-2 up, and claimed the set with a blistering backhand return.

He is also breathing down Rafael Nadal's in the race for No 1 with just 215 ranking points separating the pair.

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After months of recovery from elbow surgery and a drop in his level of play that sent him tumbling down the rankings, Djokovic has recovered in the second half of the year to win titles at Wimbledon, the US Open and the Cincinnati Masters and now Shanghai.

Djokovic said he felt that the Chinese fans were really behind him and he always liked to come back to Shanghai for this reason. "Obviously the last three, four months have been terrific for me". This pattern continued to the semifinals, in which a single break in both sets gave Coric victory over Federer and Djokovic dispatched Alexander Zverev in under one hour.

"I'm just happy with the whole week". He could only reach the quarter-finals of Wimbledon. So this was definitely one of the best service weeks that I had in my career.

"It's phenomenal, I'm very proud of it", Djokovic told the ATP website. "Not many holes in the game in general, especially this week." he added.

"I started to be myself again on the court [and] playing [my] best tennis from the grass court season". I think it was a really good week for me, from basically me thinking on Monday morning I'm going to fly out on Monday evening after my first match [against Stan Wawrinka] to playing my first Masters 1000 final.

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