Novak Djokovic beats David Ferrer to retain Beijing title
World No2 Novak Djokovic won the Beijing Masters on Monday, retaining his title with relative ease.
The Serbian prevailed 6-2 6-4 against the resurgent David Ferrer of Spain and in doing so booked his ticket to the season finale at the ATP World Tour Finals in November.
The Serbian is currently in a rich vein of form having reached the US Open final last month and swept Ferrer aside in the first set with a double break, dominating from the back of the court in an error-strewn set.
Ferrer, known on tour as an ardent fighter, managed to break Djokovic to lead 4-2 in the second set. However, Djokovic composed himself and went on a rampant charge to victory.
At 3-4 down in the second set Djokovic won a mammoth 13-minute long game to level the set and Ferrer was becoming increasingly frustrated. Unfortunately for the crowd that was the end of Ferrer’s fight and the Serbian clinched his second title of 2010.
Considering his chances in Shanghai this week Djokovic said: “This is definitely a confidence boost for me. The last two, three months I’ve been feeling much more comfortable and confident on the court, playing the aggressive game and service is working for me, which is a great thing to have.
“Let’s see if I can keep it up. Energy-wise I’m fresh.”
Unfortunately for British number one Andy Murray it was another tournament to forget in 2010 as he made an early exit to Croatian Ivan Ljubicic. Murray was thrashed 6-3 6-2 in the quarter-finals and highlighted his desperate need for a coach to work with him for the remainder of the season in preparation for the first Slam in Australia in January.
In the Women’s final Caroline Wozniacki celebrated her new number one status by defeating second seed Vera Zvonareva in a tough three-set battle.
The Dane took over from the injured Serena Williams as world number one and showed her class when it mattered in a pulsating tie.
The opening sets were shared but in the final set Wozniacki unleashed her lethal backhand to power Zvonerava off the court and race to an early 3-0 lead. Wozniacki held her nerve to seal a 6-3 3-6 6-3 victory.
Rafael Nadal continued his sublime run of form to pick up yet another title with a 6-1 7-5 victory over Frenchman Gael Monfils. Nadal displayed his usual resilience and defence but also started to hit many winners flat and from within the baseline.
The Spaniard’s early aggression overwhelmed Monfils and wasted no time to stamp his authority on the first set.
Monfils is a man in form, conquering Andy Roddick and Radak Stepanek on route to the final. The second set remained on serve until Nadal produced some ferocious forehand winners to grab the break at 5-5. He served out the set and with that the title in clinical fashion.
Djokovic, Nadal and co. now head to Shanghai for more precious ranking points.