Djokovic outguns Anderson in Shanghai

Edmund was beaten by Zverev in the quarter-finals of the Shanghai Masters

Edmund was beaten by Zverev in the quarter-finals of the Shanghai Masters

Shanghai becomes Djokovic's fourth major title of the season, adding to Wimbledon, the US Open and the win in Cincinnati.

The win means that Djokovic will return to No.2 in the ATP world rankings when they are published later this month, with the possibility of reclaiming his No.1 sport now in sight. He has won all three of his previous finals in Shanghai.

And Coric, a semi-final victor against Roger Federer, lost all composure at the start of the second, sending a simple volley well wide of an open court to hand Djokovic another break.

This is one of the best tournaments, everything has been great, the fans, the food, I even managed to put on some weight here. "I'm feeling good on the court".

"Hello everybody, I don't want to make Borna look bad", Djokovic told the crowd, before speaking in fluent Mandarin. 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.

The second set followed a similar pattern and, while Coric improved, he was unable to deny Djokovic a fourth Shanghai Masters title.

However, Djokovic was gifted a break of serve when Zverev's level dropped alarmingly in the sixth game, and the three-time champion in Shanghai soon wrapped up the opening set in ruthless fashion.

"I had to reinvent myself and find, you know, (a) proper formula for success". I was not serving particularly well, but that's also because I think he was returning extremely well.

"I was really happy how I played".

In fact, both victors won having faced zero break points, and in fact, Coric created seven to Djokovic's six, although the former world number one did have a much higher points won figure in the match as he outclassed his German rival.

The victory extended his winning streak to 18 matches, the longest of the season by any male player.

The 37-year-old will next face Croatian power-hitter Borna Coric, who dumped Australia's Matthew Ebden out of the tournament 7-5 6-4.

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