Djokovic powers to fifth China Open | October 5, 2014

Djokovic has lost only seven matches this year and has never been beaten at the China Open

Djokovic has lost only seven matches this year and has never been beaten at the China Open

World number one Novak Djokovic claimed his fifth China Open title with a 6-0 6-2 demolition of Czech Tomas Berdych.

It was the 24th consecutive China Open match win for the imperious 27-year-old Serb, who has never lost in Beijing.

World number six Berdych had been broken only once in this year’s event but lost his first service game and Djokovic took the set in 29 minutes.

With Djokovic serving for the match at 5-0, Berdych broke serve but Djokovic soon won in an hour and six minutes.

“It was probably my best performance in a final,” said Djokovic who claimed his first China Open in 2009 and has held the trophy since with the exception of 2011, when he withdrew from that year’s competition through injury and Berdych won the title.

Having lost the opening set so emphatically, Berdych surrendered the first game of the second to love with a double fault.

When he rose from his seat at the changeover with the score at 0-5 in the second he offered his racquet to a ballboy.

The 29-year-old survived a match point and won consecutive games to avoid the ignominy of becoming the first man to lose 6-0 6-0 in an ATP final, but Djokovic duly sealed his fifth title of 2014, the 46th of his career.

Meanwhile in Tokyo, Kei Nishikori won his second Japan Open title by beating Milos Raonic, the man he defeated in the final two years ago.

The 24-year-old’s 7-6 (7-5) 4-6 6-4 win under a closed roof at the Ariake Colosseum in two hours and 13 minutes puts him fifth in the Race to London for the ATP World Tour Finals, the top eight qualifying for the 02 Arena next month.

It also gave the US Open finalist back-to-back titles for the first time in his career following his Malaysian Open victory in Kuala Lumpur last week.

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