TENNIS: Novak Djokovic has won a record fourth Shanghai Masters title with a 6-3, 6-4 win over 13th-seeded Borna Coric overnight.
The second-seeded Djokovic has won all four Shanghai finals he’s contested in his career (2012, 2013, 2015 and 2018). He previously shared the record of winning three Shanghai titles with Andy Murray.
Djokovic holds an 11-0 overall record in finals played in China, where he also won the Beijing tournament six times and the 2008 year-end Tennis Masters Cup held in Shanghai.
“Maybe I was Chinese in the past life,” joked Djokovic, while explaining his impressive record in the country.
“It’s all very, very positive, for more than 10 years that I have been coming to China. There is something special about this place that makes me feel like at home.”
BASKETBALL: The New Zealand Breakers have spoiled the homecoming party for NBL reigning champions Melbourne United after recording an 88-81 victory. United unfurled* their 2017-18 championship banner in front of a large crowd at Melbourne Arena on Sunday but it was the visitors who celebrated a comeback victory after falling behind by 12 points in the opening quarter. Former United star Tai Wesley came back to haunt his former club, scoring 21 points in a dazzling first-half display on his way to a game-high 25 points.
MOTORSPORT: Mick Schumacher, the teenage son of former Formula One ace Michael Schumacher, was crowned 2018 Formula Three European champion at the weekend to claim the first key title of his career, increasing the possibility of a future in F1.
With one race left this season, the 19-year-old Schumacher finished second in the day’s second race at Germany’s Hockenheim circuit to leave him with an unbeatable lead in the drivers’ championship.
“It has not really sunk in yet,” Schumacher said.
GOLF: Aussie Marc Leishman shot a 7-under 65 in the final round to win the CIMB Classic Sunday by five strokes and equal the tournament course record.
Leishman was in fine form as he strolled* to his fourth PGA Tour title and matched Justin Thomas’ tournament record of 26-under 262 in 2015 on the PGA Kuala Lumpur West course.
NRL: Manly captain Daly Cherry-Evans has praised the news Manly could bring back former premiership coach Des Hasler, saying Hasler would reignite the Sea Eagles’ siege mentality*.
“Our backs are against the wall and we love playing that style of footy and living by that mentality. Des was a big part of that.”
On a personal level, Cherry-Evans said: “That would be exciting to link up with the person that gave me my first grade opportunity.”
unfurled: rolled out
siege mentality: a group that thinks other people are constantly trying to harm or defeat them
1. How many overall titles has Novak Djokovic won in China?
2. How many points did the NZ Breakers win by?
3. What level of motor racing did Mick Schumacher win the world championship in?
4. How many strokes did Marc Leishman win by?
5. Which coach does Daly Cherry-Evans hope will return to the Sea Eagles?
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