Finally, the Serbian managed to win the tenth game and the set against an aggressive Coric, who has been the breakout star of the tournament, especially after defeating Federer 6-4, 6-4 on Saturday.
With the 1000 points he garnered for winning the title, Djokovic would change places with Roger Federer as world number two.
There was no let-up, though, and a sublime volley had Djokovic cupping an ear to the crowd as Coric failed to break back, the contest finally settled as the 14-time grand slam victor served out the championship.
The victory means Djokovic is now just 35 points behind Nadal in the race to end the year as world No.1 and 215 points behind the Spaniard in the official rankings.
The Serb extended his winning run to 18 matches in China, following up his successes at Wimbledon, the Cincinnati Masters and US Open. Very rarely you can see me taking in the practice or in the matches or not caring in the practice. "The last three or four months have been phenomenal in terms of the quality of tennis", Djokovic said. "This was definitely one of the best service weeks that I've had in my career", Djokovic, who did not drop his serve during the tournament, said.
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Reflecting on his semi-final match against Boric, Federer admitted that he could have done a better job in serving, adding, the Croatian had "more punch" than him. Conversely, Coric had one breakpoint to save and failed, which handed Djokovic a 4-2 lead after which he served pout the set with little drama.
Previewing the final, Djokovic said: "We can not underestimate Borna. I was playing good, really, I was really happy how I played", he said.
Djokovic continues his superlative record in China, with this fourth Shanghai title being his 11th consecutive final victory. Emotionally they helped me a lot when I had the surgery.
"I found it and I'm just trying to hold on to it as long as I can".
But he made a slow start against Coric, ranked 19 in the world, getting broken in the first game.