Novak Djokovic became the second three-times winner of the China Open with a straight sets victory over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Despite serving 9 aces, Tsonga could not do enough to avoid Djokovic from pulling off a 7-6 (4) 6-2 win. It was the Frenchman who started fast, attacking the Djokovic serve and gaining break points in each of the first three service games. He would be unable to convert in the first and second but would be lucky third time round, breaking to love for a 3-2 lead. Sadly for Tsonga, he couldn’t consolidate the break as Djokovic tied it up with his third break point.
Aside from a break point on Tsonga’s serve in game eight, there was not much of a challenge on either player’s serve until the tie break. Tsonga would start poorly, going down 3-0 after losing the first two points on his serve. He would claw one back, but poor errors including a double fault would see him eventually fall to a 7-4 defeat after dropping the last two points on serve.
The second set was somewhat of a damp squib, with Tsonga feeling his chance of victory had gone after dropping the first set. Djokovic had failed to take advantage of two break points in the opening game of the set but would not be denied in the next two with consecutive breaks to 15. A sloppy service game from Djokovic offered Tsonga a tiny way back into the match but poor returning meant he would fail to do so. Tsonga held next game to force Djokovic to serve for the championship and he would do it with style, holding to love. The 500 points Djokovic picks up here will be vital to his chances of World No.1, he is now only 835 points behind the Swiss and has less points to defend.