16 October, 2018
He won the match by a score of 6-4, 6-4.
He put Nishikori under the cosh immediately, breaking the eighth seed in the first game of both sets, though the Japanese did well to recover and force the second-set tie break.
The 21-year-old played the whole match by relentlessly attacking neutral balls in baseline rallies to gain control.
Djokovic broke to go ahead when the Croatian went long at the end of a rollercoaster sixth game and that was all the second seed needed to close out the opener.
Roger Federer was stretched to three sets for a second consecutive match to reach the Shanghai Masters quarterfinals on Thursday. Federer dumps Kei Roger Federer blazed into the semi-finals with a 6-4, 7-6 (7/4) victory over Kei Nishikori as the Swiss great's title defence belatedly caught fire.
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"I just feel like the date of the Davis Cup is really bad, especially for the top players", said Djokovic, echoing the strong sentiments of Zverev a day earlier.
Coric, who is 2-2 against Federer, also beat the 20-time Grand Slam champion in their last outing at Halle in June.
Second seed Djokovic, who has returned to his brutal best this season with Grand Slam wins at Wimbledon and the U.S Open, will surpass Federer as world number two when the next edition of the ATP rankings are released on Monday. This time even my family came, Mirka came here for the first time in ten years, she was really missing Shanghai I must tell you and now the kids for the first time.
"I did everything I meant to do on my end", the 31-year-old Serb, chasing his 32nd Masters title, said.
A win in Shanghai will add the 72nd trophy to Djokovic's total tally of career titles.
Back in winning from the elbow surgery at the start of the season, Djokovoic now aims for his fourth title in the ATP 1000 showpiece in China.