Djokovic wins Shanghai to close on world no.1

Brilliant Djokovic extends winning run with Shanghai title

Roger Federer of Switzerland in action against Borna Coric of Croatia.

The 14-time Grand Slam champion has been imperious all week and barely offered a sniff to the 19th-ranked Croatian, a good friend and sometime-training partner.

Earlier in the day, three-times Shanghai champion Novak Djokovic extended his winning streak to 16 matches after beating South African Kevin Anderson 7-6 (1) 6-3, edging the Serb closer to the world number two ranking.

"For sure I think he played really, really unbelievable tennis".

"I knew I had to step it up too, and I was able to do it, so it's a good feeling to have, no doubt about it".

Federer netted another backhand to concede a 4-2 deficit before Coric secured the first set with a ruthless sequence of serves.

The second set followed a similar pattern and, while Coric improved, he was unable to deny Djokovic a fourth Shanghai Masters title. "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, and I have had plenty of success with first serves and high percent of first serves in every match".

If Coric wins Sunday's showdown, he will have beaten all of the "Big Four": Djokovic, Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray.

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Federer won the Australian Open at the start of this year but has had a mediocre season by his sky-high standards.

"I was happy to get out in two", Federer said.

Roger Federer admitted that he was lacking "punch" after he was turfed out of the Shanghai Masters semi-finals on Saturday by 13th-seeded Borna Coric.

Djokovic's serve has not been broken this week in 37 service games. "I wouldn't be surprised, to be honest, with the way I feel here and the way I communicate and have relationship with the people".

Yeah, I hope this was not my last time here in Shanghai playing the tournament.

"Last year was the first time I kind of broke through to the top 10 and was a top-five player".

"I did what, 24 unforced errors and seven winners?" "It's all working and it's been a couple of ideal matches".

"It was a different surface", Djokovic said of their previous match.

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