Shanghai, China (SportsNetwork.com) - Novak Djokovic captured his second
straight Shanghai Masters title with a gutty three-set victory over Juan
Martin del Potro in Sunday's final.
Djokovic earned a 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (7-3) triumph, claiming his fifth title of
2013 and his second in as many weeks. He also won the China Open last Sunday.
The Serb knocked off Rafael Nadal in the Beijing final last Sunday, but was
denied a second shot at the super Spaniard when del Potro topped the newly
anointed world No. 1 in Saturday's semifinals. Nadal had just supplanted
Djokovic atop the world rankings this week.
Djokovic had little trouble in a 34-minute first set against del Potro on
Sunday, but the Argentine broke serve for the first time in the second game of
the second set and went on to even the match by fighting off three break
An ace saved Djokovic from a break point in the fifth game of the third set
and del Potro saved four break points against his serve to send the match to a
Djokovic won the first two points of the tiebreak and never surrendered the
advantage, eventually finishing the 2 1/2-hour marathon with a backhand
It was the 39th career tour-level title for Djokovic and his 15th Masters
victory. He also won the Monte Carlo Masters crown back in April, beating
Nadal for the coveted clay court championship.
Djokovic improved to 39-21 overall in finals, including 15-10 in Masters title
matches. He is also 5-2 in finals this year, with his two defeats coming
against Andy Murray at Wimbledon and Nadal at the U.S. Open.
Del Potro, like Djokovic, was gunning for his second title in as many weeks.
He won in Tokyo last weekend and fell to 16-7 lifetime in title matches,
including 3-2 this year. The 2009 U.S. Open champ has never won a Masters
This was the fourth meeting this year between Djokovic and del Potro, and the
13th overall matchup, but their first-ever in a final.
Djokovic has won three times this year, also capturing semifinal wins in Dubai
and Wimbledon in addition to Sunday's triumph. Del Potro's lone win this year
came in the semis at Indian Wells. He is now just 3-10 lifetime against
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