Novak Djokovic will be aiming for his ninth title of 2015 on Sunday when he takes on Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the final of the Shanghai Rolex Masters.
Djokovic was on fine form on Saturday with a dominant performance in victory over Andy Murray 6-1 6-3. He is still yet to drop a set since the US Open final and doesn’t look he will drop one any time soon if he keeps up his current level.
Meanwhile, Tsonga bounced back from a disaster 6-0 second set in his semi final against Rafael Nadal to make just his second final of the year. It is some rebound from his disastrous loss to Andreas Haider Maurer in Beijing just last week. While he needed three sets to beat all opponents except Victor Estrella this week he has done well in managing to outlast his opponents in lengthy matches.
At 6-13, Tsonga doesn’t have an awful record against Djokovic but five of those wins came before 2011 – when Djokovic really made that next step up and became a perennial slam contender. A surprise 6-2 6-2 loss in Canada last year was preceded by 9 straight losses. Tsonga won a set in just one of those matches, the 2012 French Open loss where he held match points before losing in five sets.
Besides that Canada match, where Djokovic also slipped up again this year, Tsonga really hasn’t posed any threat to the World No.1 and it would seem highly likely that this match will end as quickly as other Djokovic matches have ended this past fortnight. With Tsonga racking up over 7 and 1/2 hours in his last three matches, he won’t be going into this match at all fresh.
Prediction: Djokovic in straight sets 6-2 6-2