Unstoppable Djokovic Wins Shanghai, Eyes Year-End No. 1 Ranking

Novak Djokovic won his fourth Shanghai Masters title

Novak Djokovic extended his incredible form at the Shanghai Masters, winning a record fourth title Sunday to set his sights on the world No. 1 spot.

The 31-year-old Serbian needed one hour and 36 minutes to beat Coric, now world No. 19, who reached the final after beating the defending champion, Roger Federer of Switzerland, who in turn will fall to world No. 3 when the ATP rankings are released on Monday.

The 31-year-old will leapfrog Roger Federer into second in the world when the rankings are released on Monday but will not stop there as the season reaches its climax.

The 14-time Grand Slam victor spoke to Xinhua in an exclusive interview after the match, saying that the last three or four months have been "phenomenal", and his family has helped him to overcome adversity after the lackluster start to the season.

Unfortunately for Coric it didnt get better from there, as he missed an overhead sitter on his first service game in the second set, giving Djokovic another break.

The victory means Djokovic is now just 35 points behind Nadal in the race to end the year as world No.1 and 215 points behind the Spaniard in the official rankings. "Obviously the last three, four months have been terrific for me".

He has now won 18 straight matches, including the titles at Cincinnati and the US Open.

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"I could not ask for a better scenario", Djokovic, who last sat atop the rankings two years ago, said of his late surge to the summit of men's tennis.

Reflecting on his semi-final match against Boric, Federer admitted that he could have done a better job in serving, adding, the Croatian had "more punch" than him. 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.

Djokovic said he felt that the Chinese fans were really behind him and he always liked to come back to Shanghai for this reason.

"I found it and I'm just trying to hold on to it as long as I can".

"I started to be myself again on the court [and] playing [my] best tennis from the grass court season".

Full fight in final is not out - Djokovic in each set is made one break, and his serve and made only one break-point.

Djokovic has had a lot of luck playing in China over the years.

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