Novak Djokovic upstages opponent Borna Coric by speaking flawless Mandarin in Shanghai

Lynette Rowe
October 15, 2018

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 (Zverev) has improved a lot, and he has established himself as a top player", Djokovic said.

Djokovic, 31, now has 18 consecutive wins since losing at the Rogers Cup on 10 August and the Serb will replace Federer as world number two on Monday.

Celebrating his 1,000 match in style, the 14-time Grand Slam victor was clinical as he lined up a potential title showdown on Sunday with reigning champion Roger Federer.

In an evenly matched first set, three forehand errors from Ćorić handed Djoković the first break of the match in the sixth game and it would be enough for him to take the first set in 38 minutes 6-3. "He's good in defense now, he has a transition game now, and a solid serve".

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

And the Croat insists he will take a lot away from the loss to Djokovic. I was playing good, really.

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"I'm just happy with the whole week". He never offered Zverev a break point opportunity, and broke the German's serve on four of six offerings.

Djokovic posted only nine unforced errors to 24 for Zverev.

"Maybe I was Chinese in the past life", said Djokovic, smiling, in explaining impressive record in the country. "It's all working and it's been a couple of flawless matches".

The Serb is expected to return to action at the season's final Masters 1000 tournament in Paris, scheduled between October 29 and November 4 after which he will be featuring in the year-ending ATP Finals in London. "Everything worked perfectly", Djokovic said. "But you always have to kind of pinch yourself, particularly at this stage of my career, and be grateful, because I have had an awesome career so far".

Rafael Nadal is spending his 194th week at the top of the ATP rankings but it is highly unlikely he will reach the milestone 200th week in this stint, with Novak Djokovic moving just 215 points behind him after winning the title in Shanghai.

He is on a 17-match winning streak and is 26-1 in matches played since the start of Wimbledon.

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