‘DjokerNole’ Picks Up Win in Shanghai as Tour End Nears

Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic completed his second successive sweep of the Chinese ATP events on Sunday as he retained his Shanghai Masters title. Despite a shaky period in the second set, where he kept slipping on the concrete court, Djokovic came back strongly to close out a 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 victory Juan Martín del Potro.

This has been a close-fought rivalry over the past 18 months, dating back to Del Potro’s victory over Djokovic in the Olympic bronze medal match in London. Yet Djokovic is a hard man to take down, as he proved by taking revenge in a five-set Wimbledon semi-final this summer.

In the first and third sets of Sunday’s final, the world No2 produced some magnificent tennis, as a final tally of 47 winners and only 26 unforced errors would suggest. For some reason, Djokovic always seems to be at his best in the Asia-Pacific region, where his only defeat in his last 55 matches came against Andy Murray in the 2012 Dubai semi-final.

Eight of the world’s best – including Djokovic and Del Potro now make their way to London for the ATP World Tour Final as the Tennis season draws to a close.

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