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Djokovic powers to China Open title
11 Oct 2015 15:03
World number one Novak Djokovic dispatched Rafael Nadal in ruthless fashion 6-2 6-2 to win his sixth China Open crown in seven years in Bejing on Sunday.
Djokovic made a blistering start to the match and never looked back after breaking Nadal in the opening game before holding serve easily enough to carve out a 2-1 lead in the opening set.
Nadal held his serve at the second and third time of asking but Djokovic broke him once again in the seventh game before holding serve to take the first set in 45 minutes.
Nadal called for the trainer for lengthy treatment on his right foot after Djokovic levelled at 1-1 in the second set and the Serbian pounced immediately by breaking the Spaniard in his next two service games to lead 4-1.
Djokovic was given a reminder of Nadal's quality when the Spaniard unleashed an audacious passing shot of his own but, after saving two championship points, he could not stop the Serbian from marching to victory in 90 minutes as he sent down his seventh ace of the final.
This was the 45th meeting between the great rivals and Djokovic's victory means he has now won seven of their last eight meetings - although Nadal still leads 23-22 overall.

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