Djokovic eyes top ranking
Novak Djokovic warned that he was gunning for Rafael Nadal’s world number one ranking after winning the Shanghai Masters with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Borna Coric on Sunday.
The 14-time Grand Slam champion had been imperious all week and barely offered a sniff to the 19th-ranked Croatian, a good friend and sometime-training partner.
The end when it inevitably arrived was anti-climactic, with the Serb winning the championship point after a video review.
Djokovic buried his head in his hand at the absurdity of it.
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.
Nadal, who was not in Shanghai or Beijing last week because of a knee injury, will be just 215 points ahead of Djokovic in the race to finish as year-end number one.
Djokovic fell to 22nd in the world as he struggled following elbow surgery in February.