Novak Djokovic conquers China for Head with back-to-back titles
HEAD’s untouchable Racquet Rebel Novak Djokovic remained untouchable in China after a 6-2, 6-4 defeat of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to win a third Shanghai Masters 1000 title. The No. 1, who endorses the HEAD Graphene XT Speed, smashed more records as he finished off a perfect fortnight on court in China. The 28-year-old now owns 10 titles in China, including six in Beijing and one at the 2008 season-ending Masters Cup. Djokovic also completed the autumn Beijing-Shanghai trophy double for the third time in his career (2012, 2014, and 2015) with a 68-minute rout of the Frenchman.
“There is no secret, it depends how you feel on a given day, depends how well your opponent is playing, how well you’re playing“, Djokovic said of his extraordinary run of top form. “You can’t just expect to win all the time very comfortably, but I’ve been doing that so for the last week and a half. Obviously, it’s giving me more confidence. Any time I come back to the court, I feel good and I start off well.”
The HEAD standout now owns nine titles in 2015, including three of the four grand slams and five in the Masters 1000 series plus Beijing. Shanghai marked his 25th Masters 1000 title – missing two more to reach Nadal’s record 27 – and his 57th career trophy. The free-swinging ace was playing his 13th straight final of the season and has taken victory in his last 17 matches and 22 sets. He now owns 25 Masters Trophies and stands undefeated in Chinese finals. The Serb improved to 14-6 against Tsonga after taking his revenge for a loss in August 2014 in the Toronto Masters final.
“I’ve played him so many times I understand what kind of game plan I need to execute,” Djokovic said of his beaten rival. “When you’re playing on a big stage, a big tournament, semi-final or finals of the event, against a quality player like him, you are obviously extra determined and focused. Today the key was to get as many serves back into play to Jo because he has one of the biggest serves in the game,” added Djokovic. “He has shown that in the second set, with some break points early in the set. He came up with some aces, some big serves. But I felt like I’ve done everything right. I’ve won many of my service games very comfortably. I didn’t allow him to get into the rhythm, get into the match. Today’s match, and overall the tournament, it’s gone incredibly well for me.”
Djokovic leaves Asia after two hugely successful weeks with wins in 38 of his last 39 matches in China. The only country in which he’s won more titles is the US (11). He now will take a pause before resuming on European hardcourt with his match record for the season a formidable 73-5
HEAD Racquet Rebels figured in the final stages of the biggest ATP tournament in Asia, with Andy Murray, who recommends the HEAD Graphene Radical, reaching the semi-finals where he fell 1-6, 3-6 to Djokovic. Bernard Tomic (HEAD Graphene Radical) faced the mighty Djokovic game in their quarter-final, losing it 6-7(6), 1-6.
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