Novak Djokovic defends Shanghai Masters title, beats Juan Martin del Potro in thriller

Djokovic beat the Argentine 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 to give him a 20th consecutive win in China.

updated: October 13, 2013 17:33 IST
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Shanghai: Novak Djokovic overcame a fierce challenge from Juan Martin del Potro Sunday to defend his Shanghai Masters title with a 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (7/3) victory, bringing the Argentine down to earth after his heroics against Rafael Nadal.

Del Potro came into the final against the top seed brimming with confidence after his semi-final demolition of the Spanish world number one but was immediately on the back foot in breezy conditions at the Qizhong Tennis Center.

The 26-year-old Serb established an iron grip on the first set with a double break, dictating the play and not allowing the sixth seed to produce the thundering groundstrokes that dispatched Nadal, who re-claimed the top ranking this week from Djokovic.

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