Tennis: Djokovic beats Del Potro to clinch Shanghai title

Reuters, Sunday 13 Oct 2013

Serbia's Novak Djokovic proves superiority over Argentine Juan Martin del Potro in the final of the Shanghai Masters tournament

Serbia's Novak Djokovic, right, celebrates with his trophy after defeating Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro, left, in their final match of the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament at the Qizhong Forest Sports City Tennis Center in Shanghai, China, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013. Djokovic won 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (3) (Photo: AP)

World number two Novak Djokovic produced a magical display to overcome the ferocious hitting of Argentine Juan Martin del Potro and successfully defend the Shanghai Masters title on Sunday.

The Serbian triumphed 6-1 3-6 7-6 (3) to complete a brilliant fortnight on the Chinese hard courts after his victory at the China Open in Beijing last week.

Djokovic dominated the court in the opening set, stepping in and moving his tall opponent around as he broke Del Potro twice to clinch it 6-1 in 30 minutes.

Former U.S. Open champion Del Potro finally found his form at the start of the second and began to unload a series of heavy groundstrokes to push Djokovic back behind the basel
ine as he broke for a 3-0 lead.

Djokovic had three chances to break back at 2-4 but the Argentine's monstrous forehand provided some clean winners as he crucially held before serving out for the set in the next game.

A tense third was on serve and heading for a tiebreaker when Djokovic forced two match points at 6-5 only for Del Potro's forehand to once again dig him out of a hole.

But he could not repeat the trick in the tie break as Djokovic sealed victory 7-3 by sending a backhand winner down the line

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