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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