Serbian Novak Djokovic was proclaimed champion on Sunday for the fourth time in the Masters 1000 Shanghai after defeating the Croatian Borna Coric and gave a remarkable step towards his great goal of the year, to surpass the Spanish Rafael Nadal and finish the season as number one in world tennis.
The already number two of the ranking of the ATP, which after the points of this tournament overtakes the Swiss Roger Federer in the standings, beat the Croatian, 19 of the world, in an exciting match of two sets in one hour and 36 minutes by 6-3 and 6-4.
After this fourth victory in the economic capital of China (2012, 2013, 2015 and 2018), achieved also without giving up once his serve throughout the week, Djokovic is only 215 points from Nadal, who did not travel to China and He continues to recover from his injury and, if everything goes well, will return to the tracks at the next Masters 1000 Paris-Bercy.
Djokovic, who is 31 years old, has 72 titles, and this seems to be a year full of glory for him, after spending months of recovery due to an elbow injury, which had to be operated, and a drop in his level of game that made him fall in the ranking to the position 22. The Serbian recovered in the second half of the year and has won Wimbledon, the US Open, the Masters 1,000 of Cincinnati and now the Shanghai.
Ever since he stepped on Asian lands, he said it clearly: his great goal of the year was to reach number one and therefore he will fight each remaining tournament as if it were a Grand Slam.
The final started with both players very even until several failures of the Croatian led him to lose the sixth game and Djokovic was 4-2 up, an advantage that was enough to win the partial.
In the second set Djokovic broke the serve to the young player of 21 years in the first set, although the Croatian did not fall down and continued to face the Serbian.
He did not let himself win the third game of this twelve-minute, eternal game, and although he wasted a broken ball, he managed to save three match balls, acclaimed by the Chinese public who resisted the end of the game.
Finally the Serbian managed to win the tenth game and the set against a brilliant Coric, 19 of the world, who has been the surprise of the tournament and reached the final after eliminating Saturday's semifinals to the tournament leader, the Swiss Roger Federer.
Precisely against the Swiss played and won the final of one of the two ATP titles that counts, the tournament in Halle (Germany). His other title was achieved last year in Marrakech.
This was the third time that Djokovic and Coric faced each other, with three victories to zero for Belgrade.
With today's Djokovic adds his eighteenth consecutive victory on hard court.