Djokovic defeats Murray 6-1, 6-3; Tsonga defeats Nadal 6-4, 0-6, 7-5 in the semi finals
The world number one defeats the Frenchman 6-2, 6-4
Djokovic’s ninth title of the season
Shanghai, China- Novak Djokovic further cemented his dominance over the tour with back to back dominant victories over Andy Murray and Jo Wilfried Tsonga to win the Shanghai Rolex Masters.
The world number one dominated Murray in an easy 6-1, 6-3 victory before going on to beat Tsonga in the final 6-2, 6-4 to claim his ninth title of the season.
The Serb only hit five unforced errors compared to Murray’s 30 in the semi-final. The top seed was flawless whilst the Brit was all over the place. The 6-1 first set went by in a 25 minute flash with Djokovic breaking three times.
Murray looked like he might be on the comeback trail when he broke in the first game of the second set, but an outstanding defence to offence point by Djokovic was finished at net to break back. The ten time grand slam champion broke again in a four game haul before serving out the match comfortably, finishing it with a backhand down the line winner.
Djokovic was the overwhelming favourite heading into the final, but their last meeting went the way of Tsonga in the Frenchman’s successful Toronto campaign last year.
All doubts were diminished early as the world number one took the opening three games with a double break. Djokovic was imperious as ever but Tsonga struggled to land his favourite forehand. The Frenchman grabbed a break back, but ultimately the return game of the Serb would be too strong in a 6-2 first set.
Djokovic is simply the best and looks unstoppable at the moment. He claimed his fifth Masters title to add to his three Grand Slams and the Beijing title from last week. The 28 year old has not lost a match since Cincinnati and has not dropped a set since the US Open.
The world number one continues to add to his growing legacy. Incredibly he has not dropped a single ranking point in over a year, meaning he has equalled or bettered his results from last year. He is also the first man to break 16,000 ranking points.
His 25th Masters Series title puts him two short of Nadal’s record of 27. Has Djokovic surpassed his incredible 2011 season?
The ATP tour continues next week in Stockholm, Vienna and Moscow.
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