Dominant Djokovic dispatches Tsonga in Shanghai final

Sun Oct 18, 2015 8:39am EDT
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SHANGHAI (Reuters) - It proved all too easy once again for Novak Djokovic as the world number one continued his frightening dominance of men's tennis by blitzing past Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to win another Shanghai Masters title on Sunday.

The Serbian, 10-times a grand slam champion, brushed aside the challenge of a befuddled Tsonga 6-1 6-4 to claim his third Shanghai Masters and ninth title of a standout year that has left him being spoken of among the sport's all-time greats.

Djokovic won three grand slams this year, 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 Rafa 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.

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 pummeling 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.

SERVICE RETURNS   Continued...

Novak Djokovic of Serbia kisses the trophy after winning the men's singles final match against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France at the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament in Shanghai, China, October 18, 2015.  REUTERS/Damir Sagolj