Serbian star takes China by storm

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Novak Djokovic credit thanks to Y.Caradec via flickr.

World Number two Novak Djokovic retained his Shanghai Masters title by beating Juan Martin Del Potro 6-1 3-6 7-6 (7-3).

Djokovic claimed his 20th straight win in China with a magical performance to overcome Del Potros stern challenge in a time of 2hours and 32minutes.

The two men have faced each other three times before the Shanghai Masters with Djokovic notching up two wins and Del Potro claiming one. The last match between the two was at Wimbledon in July.

The 26-year-old took charge of gifted chances from Del Potro in the first set before the Agrentine found a way back to win the second set after racing into a 3-0 lead.

Del Potro saved two match points in the decider to force a tie break until Djokovic showed his class to claim victory and give the Serb his fifth ATP tour title of the year.

This latest triumph tops a good fortnight for Djokovic who came into the ATP tournament having faced current number one Rafael Nadal to claim his fourth China Open title.

In the final, Novak Djokovic cruised through the first set with a little help from his opponent who’s service game was letting him down and allowing Djokovic to gain a upper hand. With figures of eight points from 14 available on his first serve and only three points from 11 available on his second serve.

Into the second set and Del Potro stepped up his game and created two break points in the second game and he took his chance well. He then held serve and took the set with a love game in the ninth.

Djokovic made the most of his opportunities in the tie-break producing serve’s and shots that caused too much for Del Potro.

The former world number one then held his nerve to take his 15th Masters title, while Del Potro’s search for his first continues. Novak Djokovic has now reached 60 career finals, 25 in ATP Masters events.

The Shanghai masters was Djokovic’s fifth tournament win this season which includes the China Open, Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters and the Australian Open. The world number two has reached two major finals this season, The US open and Wimbledon respectively and reached the semi final in the French open.

Another target that Djokovic wants to achieve once again will be his status as number one in the tennis world rankings after being replaced by Spaniard Rafael Nadal at the end of September this year after holding the title since November 2012.

The two have faced each other five times this season with Nadal claiming three victories to Djokovic’s two. Nadal has claimed victory in two semi- finals one in the French open and the other coming in the Rogers cup and the final of the US open. The two could face each other one last time in London where a winner takes all could see either player at the helm of men’s tennis ahead of the 2014 season.

What titles do you see Djokovic adding to his collection in the upcoming tennis season?




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