Novak Djokovic has his sights firmly set on returning to the top of the world rankings after extending his rich vein of form at the Shanghai Masters.
The 31-year-old took his run of victories to 18 by beating Borna Coric 6-3 6-4 in Sunday’s final and will replace Roger Federer as the world number two when the updated rankings are released on Monday.
Coric had upset Federer in Saturday’s semi-finals to reach his first Masters series final, but the 21-year-old Croat was no match for Djokovic. The Serb won his 26th consecutive set to claim his fourth tournament success of the season, including this year’s Wimbledon and US Open titles.
Djokovic is now the 10/11* favourite with Paddy Power to win the season-ending ATP Tour finals, which take place at London’s O2 Arena in mid-November.
He has also been cut for the first Grand Slam event of 2019, the Australian Open, to be held at the end of January. Djokovic, who has won six of his 14 Grand Slam titles in Melbourne, is now a best price of 13/8* with Bet365.
|*All odds quoted are subject to change|