Shanghai becomes Djokovic's fourth major title of the season, adding to Wimbledon, the US Open and the win in Cincinnati.
"I found it and I'm just trying to hold on to it as long as I can". "I basically didn't care, and that's why I played so good".
Djokovic broke his opponent's serve once in each set to secure victory in 97 minutes.
Coric, 21, said that he had no complaints about losing to "one of the best in the history of tennis".
On Saturday, in Shanghai, Djokovic said he would meet Gerard Pique in order to reach a compromise and try to combine the ATP World Team Cup and the newly launched Davis Cup. 'It's great to have a superstar in football, you know, trying to do something different and innovative in our sport, ' said the Serb.
But even in defeat, both Federer and Zverev have qualified for the season-ending ATP Finals, featuring the world's top eight players on November 11 in London.
It is almost two years since Djokovic topped the rankings and he has made it his mission to topple the injured Nadal before the year is out.
The Croatian gave himself a third career shot at Djokovic.
Coric again battled well in the second set and saved three match points at 5-4, with Djokovic uncharacteristically smashing an overhead volley wide.
"I was really happy how I played".
"It's close to, or it's maybe equal to winning a Grand Slam, and I think other players will tell you the same thing, because just to be there, you obviously play well throughout the whole year".
Djokovic will be up a place to second in the world - overtaking 20-time Grand Slam champion Federer - when the rankings are released on Monday. In best of three matches on hard court where he's been priced in excess of 3.00, he's covered the +4.5 game line in six of seven matches since the start of 2017, and this line is what I like for tomorrow - we can get [2.06] on the young Croat to cover this line.
Djokovic played his 1,000th career match against Zverev, and holds an impressive 827-173 win-loss record.