Novak Djokovic has won the Shanghai Rolex Masters by defeating Juan Martin Del Potro 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (3) in a close final played out over 2 hours and 32 minutes.
Djokovic was in full command throughout the opening stanza, breaking the Argentine twice en route to grabbing the first set 6-1.
Del Potro, the conqueror of World No. 1 Rafael Nadal in the semifinals, began to find his rhythm in the second set and dictated early proceedings behind his monstrous forehand. He broke Djokovic and held on to level the match.
In a hard fought final set decider that went all the way to a tiebreak, Djokovic finally pulled clear to seize opportunities in the breaker to win 7-3 and wrap up the match.
Djokovic has now won 20 consecutive matches in China, having won the 2012-2013 Beijing titles, and the 2012-2013 Shanghai trophies. He extended his personal head-to-head record with Del Potro to 10-3.
Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo won the mens doubles defeating David Marrero and Fernando Verdasco 7-6, 6-7, (10-2). It rounded off an impressive week for the pair who also defeated the top ranked Bryan brothers in the semifinals.
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