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.
The 14-time Grand Slam victor spoke to Xinhua in an exclusive interview after the match, saying that the last three or four months have been "phenomenal", and his family has helped him to overcome adversity after the lackluster start to the season.
Djokovic grabbed the break to go 4-2 up and won the opening set in barely 30 minutes.
Red-hot Djokovic has now been victorious in 18 ATP matches in a row and in recent months won Wimbledon, the Cincinnati Masters, the US Open and now Shanghai for a fourth time.
Coric earned 600 points and $667,115 after contesting his fifth ATP World Tour final (2-3 record).
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"And where I was about four months ago and where I am today is quite an extreme opposite". "I don't think I'm beating anyone with that, to be honest", said the fourth seed. "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.
The 21-year-old looked to be becoming increasingly frustrated by Djokovic's ability to consistently return even the most measured shots, although he stood his ground in a marathon third game.
Commenting on it, the world No. 13 stated: 'I have been really working hard through the whole of my career. Emotionally they helped me a lot when I had the surgery.
Full fight in final is not out - Djokovic in each set is made one break, and his serve and made only one break-point.
Djokovic said he felt that the Chinese fans were really behind him and he always liked to come back to Shanghai for this reason.
But the Ukrainian's nerves were on display in the long final game of the match, serving a total of three double faults.