Novak Djokovic closes in on Rafael Nadal with Shanghai Masters victory

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

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.

"I'm in a good way", the 14-time Grand Slam champion said. "Since having won the title he has only lost one match". [I'll] just keep going, it's the biggest goal for me to become the World No.1 by the end of the year.

Novak Djokovic revealed that he may have been born a China man in a previous life and he proved it by speaking fluent Mandarin after winning the Shanghai Masters. I was not serving particularly well, but that's also because I think he was returning extremely well.

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He missed the second half of a year ago with elbow and off-court issues, but said he had since adapted his game following the operation.

Finally, the Serbian managed to win the tenth game and the set against an aggressive Coric, who has been the breakout star of the tournament, especially after defeating Federer 6-4, 6-4 on Saturday.

With victory in sight, Djokovic raised his return game to hold three championship points at 5-3, but Coric showed great character to work his way back.

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When asked if he had a message for Nadal, Djokovic said with a smile on his face: "I will leave that to your creative spirit of journalism". "I definitely plan to come back next year", he added.

During the week in China's commercial capital city, the expected Djokovic/Federer finals did not materialize after the top seeded players had been beaten in earlier rounds. I'm just happy with the whole week. I thought I was playing actually really well, which is in that moment not good because if I play bad, okay, I know I need to start playing better, need to change something. The Shanghai final is another highlight of a breakout season for Coric who also defeated Federer in the Halle final this year.

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