How Nadal can stop Djokovic from taking No.1 ranking

May JohnsonOct 19, 2018

Awaiting Coric in the final is second seed Djokovoic after the three-time Shanghai Masters victor powered past fourth seeded Alexander Zverev of Germany 6-2, 6-1 earlier in the day.

Borna Coric upset defending champion Roger Federer to face Novak Djokovic in the Shanghai Masters final Sunday.

Djokovic will move Roger Federer out of the world number two position when the world rankings are released on Monday.

Djokovic grabbed the opening set with a hold to love, having dropped just four points on his serve overall.

The final started out evenly matched until mistakes from Coric, 21, saw Djokovic up 4-2 less than half an hour into the first set, which he sealed after 38 minutes.

Victory means Djokovic's winning streak now stands at 18 matches as he closes to just 35 points behind world leader Nadal in the race to be No. 1 after the season-ending ATP Finals in London.

Djokovic continued his remarkable record of not dropping a serve once all week, becoming just the third player to win a Masters 1000 event without getting broken once.

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".

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Novak Djokovic was crowned the prince of Shanghai for the fourth time in his career, as he dispatched Borna Coric in straight sets.

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.

"It's phenomenal... I'm very proud of it", the 31-year-old told atpworldtour.com. So I'm happy about that.

"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".

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

"I have been playing really well throughout my career in China". 'It helped me a lot for the next two tournaments.

He would have to reach the final - playing five matches - at either tournament to overhaul his 215-point deficit to Nadal.

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