World No. 1 Novak Djokovic concluded a fantastic week on the professional tour when he secured his fifth title at the China Open with a masterful performance to shut out Tomas Berdych 6-0, 6-2 on Sunday afternoon.
While the top seed had been in dominant form all week in Beijing, he produced one of his best finals performances at any event when attempted to serve out a double bagel against a top-class competitor in Tomas Berdych. The beatdown was so emphatic that Berdych offered his racquet to a ball kid during one of the later points as a sign of desperation.
“This has been, in the circumstances, probably the best performance of any final in my career,” said Djokovic. “It was incredible. Incredible. Especially against Tomas, who has a big game and is already an experienced player. It was 6-0, 5-0 in under an hour. Everything I tried worked. To be proud of the performance is the least I can say of how I played tonight.
“I have played some great finals, had some convincing wins, some straight-set wins against top rivals. But with this kind of performance and with this domination result-wise, I mean it’s never happened.”
Djokovic, who won titles at this event in 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013, moved to 24-0 in Beijing and earned $604, 000 for his efforts throughout the week. He also moved to 16-2 against Berdych.
“I met somebody in the final who I’ve never seen before,” said Berdych, who won the Beijing title in 2011 (d. Cilic). “The way that he performed today was really outstanding. There is really not much I can add to that because, really, I was just swept off the court.
“I just said to my coach now that I probably played over 700 matches in my career, and I met guys like Andre, Roger, all those probably in their best times. But I have never, ever experienced anything like that.”
The two competitors will move onto the Shanghai Rolex Masters, which begins on Monday.