At this stage, he only has 3 titles to his name, compared to 6 in 2017.
After winning the Shanghai title, Djokovic flagged the sneaky possibility of playing in Vienna or Basel next week.
However, since then, his season has unraveled pretty fast. Novak Djokovic won 2-0 in the final and claimed the title of the event.
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.
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". Roger Federer used to be the best mover in the game, now Djokovic is the best.
Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates after winning the men's singles final match against Borna Coric of Croatia at 2018 ATP Shanghai Masters tennis tournament in Shanghai, Oct 14, 2018.
"I thought he was better, he had more chances than I had. I think it was a really good week for me".
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Djokovic overtook Switzerland's Roger Federer in the standings, pushing him down to third.
"I found it and I'm just trying to hold on to it as long as I can".
Djokovic, who had already secured the world No. 2 spot by reaching the final round here in Shanghai, had said on Saturday that his goal was to finish the year as world No. 1 and dethrone Nadal, who did not travel to China and continues to recover from injury, reports Efe news. Federer and Nadal both had 17-match winning streaks during the year.
That was until, however, Djokovic made the breakthrough with a break in the seventh and ninth game to take the first set. However, it all proved to be futile in the end, as the Serbian closed out the match in the following game.
Borna Coric comes out from the Rolex Shanghai Masters with a smiley and happy face.
In Tianjin, China, second-seeded Caroline Garcia won her first tournament of the year with a 7-6 (7), 6-3 win over top-seeded Karolina Pliskova in the Tianjin Open on Sunday.
Yastremska is the sixth teenager to advance to a WTA final this year and the second to win a title. The 18-year-old was playing in her first career WTA final.