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Friday, 19 October, 2018

Novak Djokovic primed for straightforward success in Shanghai

Borna Coric unlikely to build on shock victory over Roger Federer

ATP Shanghai Masters
Sky Sports Action, 9.30am Sunday
WTA Hong Kong Open
BT Sport 1, 9am Sunday

Novak Djokovic has not dropped a set during his run to the final of the Shanghai Masters and is a red hot 1-6 favourite to defeat Borna Coric and collect his fourth title of 2018.

Coric has played some excellent tennis and sprang a major surprise when defeating Roger Federer 6-4 6-4 in Saturday's semi-final but he is unlikely to take a second major scalp in the final.

The Croatian has faced Djokovic twice, losing 6-2 6-4 at the 2016 Madrid Masters and 7-6 7-5 in this year's Monte Carlo Masters.

Djokovic's game has come on leaps and bounds since Monte Carlo and he goes into the contest searching for a 19th successive match victory.

Another straightforward success is on the cards for the Serb, who is 8-13 to win 2-0.

There will be a first-time champion at the Hong Kong Open with Qiang Wang the warm 3-10 favourite to beat 18-year-old Dayana Yastremska in the final.

Wang overcame Garbine Muguruza 6-7 6-4 7-5 in Saturday's semi-final and is bidding to secure her third title of the year having triumphed at Nanchang and Guangzhou.

Recommendation
N Djokovic to win 2-0
2pts 8-13 Betway


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The Croatian has faced Djokovic twice, losing 6-2 6-4 at the 2016 Madrid Masters and 7-6 7-5 in this year's Monte Carlo Masters
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