World number 1 Novak Djokovic absolutely dominated Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-2 6-4 in 78 minutes at the Shanghai Rolex Masters, to take home his 9th title of the season and 25th all time Masters title, which is one ahead of Roger Federer, and 2 behind record holder Rafael Nadal. After a memorable year, which included him winning 3 of the 4 Grand Slams, and an unbroken 17 match streak, Djokovic looks strong heading into the last leg of the tour, which still includes the Paris Masters and the ATP World Tour Finals in London.
Tsonga on the other hand, has had a forgettable season, with this tournament being his year highlight. Despite a gutsy win against Nadal in the semifinal that boosted his confidence, Tsonga succumbed to pressure when it mattered the most, and meekly yielded to the superior Serb in a one-sided contest. Tsonga will be looking to finish the year on a solid note, as he hopes to qualify for the ATP World Tour finals.
Dominant First Set From Djokovic
Infront of a jampacked Qi Zhong stadium, Djokovic stormed to a quick 3-0 lead over the Frenchman, before he was broken himself as Tsonga finally looked like he was getting back into the flow with a fantastic volley. Undeterred, the world number one easily won the next game with a long rally from the baseline. Both players found it tough to hold on to their serve throughout the set, so it all depended on who could hold their nerve on the crucial break points. Djokovic easily held in the next game with a sublime backhand winner, to build up the pressure on Tsonga with a 5-1 lead. The next game finally went the Frenchman's way, as he held for the first time in the match, despite making a plethora of errors. Djokovic perfectly served out the last game, to capture the first set.
A Tighter Second Set
Tsonga started off the first game of the second set with a spectacular performance to hold, even serving it out with an ace. Djokovic then held with an equally dominant performance to equal it out very soon. Djokovic had a break point in Tsonga's next service game with a breathtaking smash, but the Frenchman managed to hold. In a far more competitive second set, both players easily won their respective service games, to bring the score to 3-3.
Tsonga again won his next game with a powerful forehand, and the Serb rapidly followed suit with an impressive final point. In Tsonga's next game, Djokovic finally captured another break point before squandering it on an unforced error. He opened up another break point with an impressive forehand, but the Frenchman managed to save it with a well-placed dropshot. But it's third time lucky for 'Djoker' as he won the break. After that it was almost too easy, as the world number 1 served out the game, set and match to take home the Shanghai Rolex Masters crown with a dominant performance.
Djokovic- In A League Of His Own
All in all, it was a predictable, yet productive day for the bookies. With this being Djokovic's 10th title in China, and him being on a virtually impregnable winning streak (he's won 37 out of his last 38 matches), it's won't be surprising if he improves on his record by the end of the year. A class apart, the only players who've come even close to troubling Novak in 2015 have been Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka, and that too at sparse intervals. In his on-court interview during the trophy presentation, Tsonga emphasised Djokovic's dominance further and congratulated him for a mind-blowing performance. One thing is for sure, you've not seen the end of Novak Djokovic!