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Djokovic is the Master of Shanghai

October 18, 2015 18:01 IST

Thrashes Tsonga to claim title

Serbia's Novak Djokovic poses with the winner's trophy after defeating France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the Shanghai Masters final at the Qi Zhong Tennis Center at Qi Zhong Tennis Centre in Shanghai, on Sunday

IMAGE: Serbia's Novak Djokovic poses with the winner's trophy after defeating France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the Shanghai Masters final at the Qi Zhong Tennis Center at Qi Zhong Tennis Centre in Shanghai, on Sunday. Photograph: Lintao Zhang/Getty Images

World number one Novak Djokovic continued his rich vein of form as he brushed aside French opponent Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in straight sets to clinch the Shanghai Masters title on Sunday.

The 10-time Grand Slam champion overcame Tsonga 6-2, 6-4 in the summit clash that lasted one hour and 18 minutes.

The 28-year-old Serbian won three of the four Grand Slam titles this year -- Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open -- and was runner-up at the French Open and since suffering a surprise quarter-final loss to Ivo Karlovic in Qatar in January has made the final of all 13 events he has played.

The 30-year-old Tsonga had shown his serving prowess in taking out Rafael Nadal in three tight sets in the semi-finals on Saturday but against the imperious returning skills of Djokovic he had no answers.

The 28-year-old Serb nullified Tsonga's most potent weapon to break his three opening service games and take a first set which the Frenchman played predominantly way behind the baseline.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga returns a shot against Novak Djokovic 

IMAGE: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga returns a shot against Novak Djokovic. Photograph: Lintao Zhang/Getty Images

Things improved for Tsonga at the start of the second set where he worked hard to fight off break points and stay on serve through the opening eight games as the Serb sauntered through his own service.

But the pressure proved too much, Djokovic pummelling balls to all angles with supreme court coverage at the expense of just eight unforced errors and he broke at the third attempt in the crucial ninth game and served out for victory.

It was a second straight tournament Djokovic had won without dropping a set after he landed his sixth China Open title in Beijing last week. The Serb now boasts a 38-1 win loss record on the Chinese hardcourts.

Tsonga has moved up to ninth in the race to qualify for the eight man end-of-season ATP Tour Finals in London next month.

Djokovic, however, was left looking for more records after securing his 57th ATP Tour title and moving within two of Nadal's mark of 27 Masters Series crowns after taking his prize money for the year past a record $16 million.

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