'New' Djokovic wins Shanghai to close on world no.1 Nadal

Kyle Edmund

Djokovic, who has won the last two Grand Slams, at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, is now world number three, but could move up a spot if he books a place in Sunday's final.

Quizzed by reporters about his plans for next year, the 20-time Grand Slam victor - fresh from losing to 13th seed Borna Coric of Croatia - showed a flash of irritation. He previously shared the record of winning three Shanghai titles with Andy Murray.

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.

"It was one of the best matches of my life", Coric said. "I was playing good, really, I was really happy how I played", he said.

"I feel like I'm explosive out there, returning well", he added.

"It means a lot because I have kind of played only the biggest tournaments", Zverev said.

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The top seed said he lacked "punch on the ball" but felt "explosive" on court, though he said he could have improved his serves. Djokovic , who endured a turbulent last season with injury and off-court issues, said they were "both different players" now.

Zverev, who qualified for the ATP Finals with his quarter-final win over Kyle Edmund, was unable to stem the tide and his frustration got the better of him after he was broken again early in the second set.

In the fourth game of the opening set with Coric serving to make it 2-2, the Croatian and his Serbian opponent put on an exhibition and battled it out for the point.

"I think, quite similar in style of play to today's match. I've always played him when he's playing well, but I'll hope I can take it to him". From my end, I tried to just focus on what I need to do.

"So like this I know how to work on my fitness and tennis programme for those sort of four weeks in December".

Djokovic, who had elbow surgery in February but recovered to win Wimbledon and then the US Open last month, said: "Being number two after this tournament is also a great achievement, considering the first four, five months of the year and considering I had the surgery".

The victory extended his winning streak to 18 matches, the longest of the season by any male player. I faced only two, maybe three break points in the entire week.

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